Cape Town to Victoria Falls
|Tour duration:||21 Days|
Description: This tour is aimed at those looking for adventure. You will see more of Southern Africa in 21 days than most Southern Africans will see in their whole lives!
Highlights: Watch the sunrise over the red dunes of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib | Visit the mind-blowing great Fish River Canyon | Spend time in search of big game and predators in Etosha National Park | See ancient rock art paintings in the highest mountain in Namibia | Adventure into the rugged backlands of Damaraland where there is the chance to see the rare desert elephants | Paddle down the mighty Orange River | Relax in the quaint seaside town of Swakopmond | Walk with bushmen in the vast Kalahari | Glide silently through the Okavango Delta on a mokoro | Watch the sunset over the expansive Makgadikgadi Pans |Visit the 7th natural wonder of the world, Victoria Falls.
|Small group safari of maximum 8 people||Beverages|
|20 nights’ accommodation in lodge, guest house or chalet||Travel insurance|
|2 nights camping in the Okavango Delta||Flights|
|Meals as per itinerary||Departure taxes|
|Bx20, Lx16, Dx12||Airport transfers*|
|All Entrance fees||Optional activities|
|Professional passionate guide||Tips|
|Transport in a comfortable, air-conditioned shuttle|
From €3750 + ZAR 1900 local payment per person
*based on 8 people travelling
*airport transfers can be arranged, price on application
Day 1 – Cape Peninsula
You will be met by your People Like Us Safaris guide at your hotel in Cape Town at 8:00 am for breakfast and a pre-tour briefing. From here we begin our adventure by heading down the Cape Peninsula towards Cape Point, en route we will stop in at the fishing harbour of Hout Bay, visit one of only 3 mainland African penguin colonies, and stop off at the quaint naval town of Simons Town. Lunch is enjoyed with panoramic views of the ocean and peninsula from the cliff-tops of Cape Point. We visit the Cape of Good Hope and have the chance to hike along the cliffs before slowly heading home on the Old Cape Road with its all encompassing views of False Bay and the Cape Flats. In the evening we meet for dinner at one of Cape Town’s popular local restaurants.
Day 2- Cedarberg
We have breakfast at the lodge before heading out towards the Cedarberg Mountains. We stop at Blouberg Beach for the iconic Table Bay and Mountain view. We lunch en route and arrive in the afternoon. There is time to relax or for a short hike in our beautiful surroundings before we start our traditional South African braai (barbeque) for dinner.
Day 3 – Orange River and Namibia
Breakfast and leave early for Springbok where we shop for supplies before crossing the mighty Orange River and border into Namibia. We arrive at our lodge on the river in the late afternoon with enough time to enjoy the swimming pool and watch the sunset.
Day 4- Fish River Canyon
Relaxed breakfast and an optional paddle down the river in a canoe before we set off for the great Fish River Canyon. We lunch en route and arrive in time to check in and relax before heading to the canyon itself to watch the sunset over this magnificent example of geological processes and time. (BLD)
Day 5- Sesriem and Namib Desert
After a simple breakfast we are on the road with the sunrise through an enchanting landscape of mountains and plains. We lunch en route. We then continue on to our camp at Sesriem, the aim being to arrive in time for a swim and relax before a sun-downer and dinner. Tonight we cook over the fire under the desert stars. (BLD)
Day 6 – Namib Desert and Sossusvlei
We are up early this morning as we want to get into the Namib Desert with enough time to explore before the heat of the day sets in. We spend the morning exploring the extremely photographic orange dunes of Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. We have a light snack at the dunes before heading back to camp for lunch and a dip in the swimming pool. Free time to siesta or explore. This afternoon we visit Sesreim canyon, a place that saved the lives of many of the early “thirst-land explorers” with its ability to hold water even through the dry season. Back to camp for sundowners and another scrumptious dinner under the desert night skies. (BLD)
Day 7 – Swakopmund
This morning we are up early, a quick breakfast and on the road with the sunrise. We stop for a coffee break at the aptly named town of Solitaire. here we visit its best, and only, bakery which is renowned for its German-style confectionery delights. We pass through the Naukluft Mountains and on to the flat gravel plains before reaching the Atlantic coast at Walvis Bay, Southern Africa’s single most important coastal wetland for migratory birds. After lunch en-route we move on to the pleasant seaside town of Swakopmond. There is time to explore the town and do some shopping before having dinner at a local restaurant. (BL)
Day 8 – Swakopmund
Today is a free day for adventure, activities and to experience the town. Some of the more popular activities are skydiving, going on a dolphin watching cruise, quad-biking or sand-boarding on the coastal dunes, and offshore fishing. Otherwise you could spend the day exploring the town, having an ice cream by the sea and shopping at some of the craft stores. We meet to finish off the day at the end of the new pier, where there is a good restaurant and excellent sunsets. (B)
Day 9 – Cape Cross and Damaraland
After breakfast at the lodge we head north up the coast past the barren salt works to Cape Cross, home to a colony of more than 100 000 Cape Fur seals, a sight and sound to behold. Next we head east away from the coast and into the land of the desert elephants and Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain which is also famous for the quality and quantity of ancient rock art found here. We lunch en route to camp and have time on arrival to relax around the pool or climb some of the rocky outcrops which provide fantastic views of the surrounds. Dinner is a traditional South African potjie. (BLD)
Day10 – Brandberg walk and Twyfelfontein rock art
Breakfast and pack up camp before being lead deep into the Brandberg by local guides to find the world renowned “White Lady” rock painting. After exploring these scenic mountains we make our way to Twyfelfontein, famous for its ancient and well preserved rock engravings having lunch en route. After a fascinating tour with local guides we continue on to our accommodation where the pool and bar can be enjoyed before dinner. (BLD)
Day11 – Etosha National Park
After an early breakfast we continue our journey through Damaraland towards Etosha National Park, we lunch en route and do shopping for the next few days at the town of Outjo. It is a long drive and we will arrive at the border of the park in the late afternoon where we will overnight at a traditional Namibian farmstead. (BLD)
Day12 – Etosha National Park
We are up early and enter the park as the gates open, today it is all about the wildlife. We spend the morning on game drive, lunch poolside at one of the park camps and the afternoon is spent searching for animals en route to our camp for the night. After dinner we head down to the camp waterhole for the chance to see some of the parks nocturnal inhabitants. (BLD)
Day13 – Windhoek
We do a final search for wildlife on Namibian soil with an early morning game drive before exiting the park and making our way to the capital city of Windhoek, having lunch en route. After checking into our accommodation we head out to explore the city before having dinner at one of the Windhoek’s most interesting restaurants. (BL)
Day14- Kalahari Desert
After breakfast at the lodge we depart for Botswana and the Kalahari. We aim to arrive at our destination in the afternoon, which should allow time to stretch our legs with a clan of San Bushmen as they guide us through the land they know so well and share with us some of their methods of living off the land, a rare and disappearing privilege. We dine around the fire with superb star gazing opportunities. (BLD)
Day15 – Maun: Gateway to the Okavango Delta
After breakfast we continue through Kalahari cattle country until we see the first big green trees and flowing rivers signalling our arrival on the outskirts of the Okavango Delta. Upon arriving we check in and relax around the pool at our lodge situated on the banks of one of the Delta’s larger rivers. Later in the afternoon we will go into town to explore and do any shopping that needs to be done for the next two days. We have dinner at a local restaurant. (BL)
Day16 – Okavango Delta
Today we venture into the myriad of waterways and islands that make up the natural haven that is the Okavango Delta. We are transported by mokoro (traditional dugout canoes) by the traditional inhabitants of the Delta, the Bayei people or River Bushmen. We set up camp on a secluded island and relax in the shade of big trees before heading out in search of wildlife on a guided walk on one of the bigger islands. We eat around a blazing fire and go to sleep to the chorus of the African night. (BLD)
Day17 – Okavango Delta
Up early for a light breakfast before setting out on another adventure on foot into the Delta, after enjoying the morning exploring the islands we return to camp for a big brunch and siesta. We relax in camp, practise our poling (steering a mokoro) skills, go fishing or find a safe place to slip into the cool delta waters for the afternoon. Later we are guided out on the mekoro for a truly picturesque photographic sunset cruise. (BLD)
Day18 – Makgadikgadi Pans
We enjoy a last walk (optional) in the Delta before packing up camp and taking a relaxed cruise back to our pick up spot. We freshen up and have lunch in Maun before driving to the enormous Makgadikgadi Pans for an exceptional sunset and the chance to see thousands of flamingos and other wildlife. (BL)
Day19 – Zambezi River, Zambia and Victoria Falls
Today we cross the mighty Zambezi River into Zambia. We have lunch when we arrive at our accommodation and relax on the banks of the Zambezi River before heading to Victoria Falls. We spend the afternoon exploring the 7th Natural Wonder of The World. (B)
Day20 – Victoria Falls
Today is all about adventure activities and making the most of where you are. There are a number of unforgettable activity options such as white water rafting, helicopter flights over the falls, fishing for tiger fish, African elephant riding and bungy jumping from the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia to name but a few. We free this day up so that you can make the most of these mainly unique activities. In the evening we all meet up for an optional sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River.
Day21 – Tour ends
After breakfast we sadly say good-bye and there are optional transfers to Livingstone International Airport for your onward flights.