21 Days Cape Town to Vic Falls Overland

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Overland Tour



The classic Southern African Overland adventure, this trip takes you on one of the most sought after routes, through diverse landscapes with rich cultural histories and an abundance of wildlife.

Starting at the bottom of South Africa, you leave Cape Town and make your way up the West Coast and into Namibia. After exploring the oldest desert in the world you cross over into Botswana for something quite different. Spend your time exploring the rivers and waterways of the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River, with plenty of crocodiles, hippos and elephants to keep you on your toes. Your tour comes to an end at the mighty Victoria falls where there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

* This trip is also available in reverse order if you wish to travel from Victoria falls to Cape Town

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21 Days Cape Town to Vic Falls Overland

Day 1

Cape Town – Cederberg Area

Before leaving Cape Town, we depart on a township tour in and around Cape Town. This is an included highlight allowing everyone to experience it. From here we head around Table Bay and continue north through the wheat growing ‘bread basket’ of South Africa. We cross the Piekenierskloof Pass into the rich fruit growing area along the Olifants River, named for the vast Elephant herds that used to roam in this fertile valley.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

 Day 2

Cederberg Area – Gariep (Orange) River

From the Cederberg we travel further north through the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. After stopping for supplies in the small mining town of Springbok, we continue on through the desert area of the Richtersveld to the Gariep River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia, where we camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 3

Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This morning we partake in a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River, affording us the opportunity of some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle. After lunch we cross into Namibia where, after a short drive, we reach the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world. The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity, while the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we enjoy the spectacular vistas.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 4

Fish River Canyon – Sesriem Area

An early start today, heading north we enter the area of the Namib-Naukluft desert, one of the oldest in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a good place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high. Make sure you look up at the stars tonight; the desert puts on a show like nowhere else in the world!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 5

Sesriem Area

This morning we enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park where we spend the morning exploring this amazing area. We take some time to climb to the top of Dune 45 - a truly memorable experience. Following our once in a lifetime experience you will then take the desert shuttles a further 5kms into the desert where you can take a walk to Sossusvlei and explore the surrounding area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 6

Sesriem Area – Swakopmund

After breakfast we head off in a north-westerly direction to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay. Our drive takes us across the Tropic of Capricorn – the ‘imaginary line’ that shows the southernmost point of direct sun, and signals the southern hemisphere’s mid-summers day. From Walvis Bay, we follow the coast for some 35 km to arrive at Namibia’s prime holiday resort - Swakopmund where we enjoy 2 nights of rest, relaxation and a little bit of adrenalin for those that are keen! Accommodation will be in dormitories for the next 2 nights, upgrades into private rooms are possible, but depend on availability and can be booked with your trip leader.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Sky diving, Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Scenic Desert Flights, Dolphin Cruises, Fishing Trips, Golf, Horse riding, and More.

 Day 7


Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Alternatively, the lovely beach and promenade make for a great relaxing walk – though bathing in the ocean waters may be somewhat chilly! Some of our fellow passengers may leave us in Swakopmund, to be replaced by new passengers joining us for the rest of our trip.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Sky diving, Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Scenic Desert Flights, Dolphin Cruises, Fishing Trips, Golf, Horse riding, and More.

 Day 8

Swakopmund – Brandberg

Our departure from Swakopmund takes through the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’ – Spitzkoppe (day trip). The 1728m high rock formation, one of Namibia’s most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San sacred site. Explore the surrounding area and its San rock paintings or simply enjoy the magnificent views. After our visit to Spitzkoppe we head off to our next destination – Brandberg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 9

Brandberg – Etosha National Park

Today’s drive takes us further north through the Namibian countryside to our campsite, located in the vicinity of Etosha National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 10

Etosha National Park

We head to the area of Etosha National Park. Covering 22 700 km2, Etosha is Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park. After lunch, and once it has cooled off a bit, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s southern area. Keep an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert National Parks! Tonight’s camp is situated just outside the parks boundaries, only 10kms from Anderson Gate. Perhaps a quick dip in the pool or a sun downer on the deck before dinner, followed by a relaxing evening in this interesting bar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Game Drive

 Day 11

Etosha National Park

Today we make our way across the park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. As the vegetation types change, so does the animal and bird life that relies on it, and so different sections of the Park offer a variety of different game options. After a full day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp in the north of the park, Namutoni. After dinner why not head to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals may come to drink in the evenings.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Night Game Drive

 Day 12

Etosha National Park – Grootfontein

After our breakfast we head out of the park while doing a game drive. Today is a short driving day to our next destination where we set up camp for the night. Tonight’s campsite has a Thatched dining area, bar, swimming pool & curio shop.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 13

Grootfontein – Divundu

From Grootfontein, we head in a north-easterly direction toward Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and the lush Kavango region of northern Namibia. After which we head to our spectacular campsite located on the banks of the Kavango River – Watch the sun go down from the deck over the river, but keep a watch for the occasional hippo grazing on the lawn!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 14

Divundu – Maun, Botswana

Following the Kavango River south, we enter Botswana and travel east along the course of the Okavango River to the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta and our destination, Maun. Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta and it is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare our provisions and packs for our 2 night excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip as this can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your trip leader will brief you fully on what is needed, and what to expect prior to your trip to the Delta.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 15

Maun – Okavango Delta

The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, The Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 16

Okavango Delta

A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await. Today we have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including swimming, game walks, mokoro cruises and even a chance to try our hands at poling our own mokoro! There is also ample time to relax and rest during the hotter hours of the day, so challenge your new friends to a game of cards, or chat with your guides about their culture and lifestyle, or simply lie back and enjoy the sounds of the surrounding wilderness

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 17

Okavango Delta – Maun

This morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back in the afternoon and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Scenic Flight

 Day 18

Maun – Chobe National Park

We travel east and then north to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to the Chobe National Park. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the campsite while we watch another glorious African sunset. Listen out for the resident hippos!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 19

Chobe National Park

This morning we have a chance to sleep in or explore the town of Kasane. When we are packed and prepared, we leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by! After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane, and Victoria Falls.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

 Day 20

Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Once returning to camp, we get back on our truck and continue to the border of Zimbabwe. Once we’ve completed border formalities, we have a short drive to the nearby Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A 20 minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! After our adventure activities briefing (see price guide at the end of this document for options), the afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!

Meals Included: Brunch

 Day 21

Victoria Falls

The next days are spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions. Some of our fellow passengers will leave us in Victoria Falls, to be replaced by new passengers joining us for the next leg of our trek.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Elephant Back Safaris, Horseback Safaris, Walking with Lions, Crocodile Ranch, Boat Cruises and Golf, Bungy Jump, Abseil, Flights and Helicopter Rides, White Water Rafting


Camping – R14595 + US$400 Local payment
Accommodation upgrade - R19425
single supplement - R11655


Meals as indicated on the itinerary, Highlights as indicated, accommodation, guides and transport


International flights, Airport departure taxes, Departure transfer, Visas, Meals unless otherwise stated, Travel Insurance, Laundry, Personal Items, and Tips, Sleeping Bag & Pillows, Optional Excursions

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

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