Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure (2020)

Our top-selling Africa overland route



This is an epic trip through South Africa into Namibia and Botswana. It will leave you speechless as you discover the timeless beauty of the desserts and Deltas. Mixing with Himba tribes and indulging your passion for adventure eventually you will make it to Victoria Falls following in the footsteps of Livingstone, to discover what he described as the most beautiful sight in Africa. There are plenty of opportunities to do some insane adrenaline travel activities on this trip. Including the world-famous Victoria Falls bungee jump & Whitewater Rafting! There are also opportunities to go skydiving, sand boarding and Quad biking in Namibia. This trip lasts just under three weeks and is one of the best value, and easiest ways to cover many of the must-see places in Africa.

COUNTRIES VISITED

  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure (2020): Trip Highlights


  • Orange River,
  • Namib-Naukluft Nationaal Park (NP),
  • Okavango Delta,
  • Fish River Canyon,
  • Sesriem Canyon,
  • Spitzkoppe,
  • Himba Tribes,
  • Masai Village,
  • Chobe NP,
  • Victoria Falls NP.

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure (2020) Photos





Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure (2020): Full Details


ACTIVITY PACK UPGRADE INCLUDES

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

  • Wine tasting & traditional dinner South Africa
  • Guided desert walk with local expert – Naukluft National Park Namibia
  • Himba Tribe Visit Namibia
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (camping) Botswana
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise Botswana
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive Botswana
  • Vic Falls National Park Entry Zimbabwe

Optional activities (prices can change)

  • Half-Day Canoe Trip South Africa From ZAR250 to ZAR300
  • Dinner Out Swakopmund Namibia From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Dolphin Cruise 4/5 hours Namibia From ZAR550 to ZAR650
  • Sky Diving Namibia From ZAR2300 to ZAR2600
  • Sandboarding Namibia From ZAR350 to ZAR550
  • Quad Biking (2 hours) Namibia From ZAR600 to ZAR700
  • Dinner Out Windhoek Namibia From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Bushman Walk Botswana From BWP80 to BWP90
  • Tips for Polers Botswana Clients Discretion
  • 3 hour photographic Boat Safari Botswana From $120
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise Zimbabwe From $50 to $70
  • Cape Town to Victoria Falls – North 2015 20
  • Dinner Out Victoria Falls Zimbabwe From $20 to $50
  • Bungee Jump – Solo Zimbabwe From $145 to $165
  • Helicopter Flights Zimbabwe From $150 to $170
  • White Water Rafting Zimbabwe From $150 to $160

Why should you go on an overland tour?

An African overland truck tour is definitely the most exciting and authentic way to see Africa. If you go on a private tour or trying to buy yourself there is absolutely no way you will see as much. The trucks are really robust, and they can go into areas that you would never be up to get to buy your own means. The areas you go to our absolutely phenomenal.

Why should you visit Africa?

Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world, they call it the cradle of humankind because Africa is where humanity started, there are beautifully rich diverse countries, with raw African wildlife all around you. Where else can you experience lions and elephants walking right past you? Imagine lying under the stars at night seeing the whole the whole Milky Way open to you.  Exploring the African Savannah, and checking out the incredible coastline surrounded by different oceans.

Africa in South Africa is very diverse in nature and culturally as well, with the animals you will see and the experiences you will have.

Loads of cultural interaction

You will definitely experience lots of cultural interaction on these trips. You get to meet the locals, share meals with them and open your mind to completely new experiences.

Visiting Himba Tribes in Namibia,  and Maasai Tanzania. even though you will not speak the language you will have interpreters with you, so you can really get into the minds of the people you meet. It will open your eyes to a completely different way of living and thinking, and you will grow personally from the inside from having these experiences.

Are the tours fully guided?

Yes they are, you have a guide and the cook but you do have to chip in and help out. It’s very much an interactive experience, it’s an adventure after all.


Itinerary


DAY 1: SOUTH AFRICA, CEDERBERG MOUNTAIN REGION

Leaving Cape Town we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay. No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cedarberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our
overnight stop offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: NAMAQUALAND & ORANGE/GARIEP RIVER

Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, we travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of
year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this day’s travel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight: Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)

DAY 3: NAMIBIA, ORANGE/GARIEP RIVER ” FISH RIVER CANYON

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Around midday (after lunch) we depart the Orange River and head inland, crossing the border into Namibia. We make a brief stop at the mineral hot springs for a dip in the pool before arriving at our camp in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight:
Swim in mineral hot springs (swimming pool)

Optional Activity: Half-day canoe trip

DAY 4: FISH RIVER CANYON, QUIVER TREE FOREST AND GIANTS PLAYGROUND

We rise early this morning, pack up our camp, making our way to the rim of the Fish River Canyon. We arrive in time to catch the morning sunrays filter through the canyon. After stretching our legs with a gentle walk along the rim of the canyon, we turn west and head for Keetmanshoop. Our afternoon will be spent meandering through the Quiver Tree Forest and The Giants Playground – named for the way in which the massive dolerite
boulders have been placed on each other – creating rock formations and a series of mazes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlights: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

DAY 5: NAMIB-NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west, the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight:
Sesriem Canyon

DAY 6: SOSSUSVLEI DUNES ” NAMIB-NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK

Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Our day in the desert continues this afternoon as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land.

Meals Breakfast: Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Guided desert walk with local expert

DAY 7: SWAKOPMUND

Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline.
Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon

DAY 8: SWAKOPMUND

While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner

DAY 9: SPITZKOPPE TO BRANDBERG

Leaving early, we make our way to the massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe which tower 700 metres above the desert plains below. The presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a walk and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for our overnight stop for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight:
Visit and explore Spitzkoppe

DAY 10: BRANDBERG WHITE LADY

The Brandberg (Burning Mountains) are regarded as the highest in Namibia and home to the famous White Lady, one of more than 45,000 rock paintings in the area. This morning we will make the 1-hour hike to visit the painting that is said to be around 2,000 years old. (Please be advised that the hike does traverse rough terrain along the gorge of the normally dry Tsisab River). After our exploration, our journey continues to the area of Kamanjab. For those who would like to visit an educational centre showcasing the lifestyle of the Himba Tribe, you will have the opportunity to
book an optional excursion this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight:
Brandberg White Lady hike

DAY 11: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Rising early this morning we drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. This afternoon we reach the park and begin with our first game drive as we make our way to the rest camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck

DAY 12: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Our second day in Etosha allows for a full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. We explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight: Full-day game drive in Nomad truck

DAY 13: WINDHOEK

It is an early rise as we take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. (Our accommodation for the night is situated halfway between the city and the airport).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight:
Walk through Windhoek with your guide

DAY 14: BOTSWANA – GHANZI

Today we travel east and make our way to neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometers. The San people have long been associated with this
harsh environment and this Afternoon we will enjoy an informative guided walk with the San community. Tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight:
San Tribal dance in evening / San Guided Walk (this activity could take place the next morning)

DAY 15: OKAVANGO DELTA

This morning we rise early and head towards Maun, where upon arrival in Maun this afternoon, you will have the opportunity to go on an optional scenic flight over the Delta (time and weather permitting). This evening our guide will prepare us on what to expect on our full day excursion into the Okavango Delta.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

Optional Highlight:
Okavango Delta scenic flight

DAY 16: OKAVANGO DELTA EXCURSION

The most rewarding and enjoyable way to explore and experience the beauty and serenity of this intricate system of lily covered channels and lagoons is by mokoro. Heading out early, we will be transferred by safari vehicle to the poling station (approximately 1 hour transfer) where we will meet the polers who will be escorting us into the Delta. The polers will steer us through the serene area of narrow, reed lined channels which
open out onto beautiful lagoons. Reaching one of the many islands, a nature walk may be taken with your poler. After the walk, we return by mokoro through the channels back to the poling station. While the mokoro trail is not primarily a game viewing activity, a variety of game may be
spotted in this pristine wilderness area, including elephant, giraffe, kudu, impala and zebra.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Highlight: Okavango Delta Day Excursion

DAY 17: NATA

Leaving Maun behind us this morning we make our way towards the town of Nata. We will spend most of the day in our truck as we journey across the northern reaches of the Makgadikgadi Pans. On arrival at Nata Lodge, you have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon guided game drive to the Makgadikgadi Pans, which forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their
thousands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Oakgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)

DAY 18: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

We rise early this morning as we continue north to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration with an optional game drive in 4×4 vehicles and our afternoon ends with a leisurely boat cruise which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Chobe National Park boat cruise

Optional Activity: Chobe National Park Game Drive

 

DAY 19: ZIMBABWE - VICTORIA FALLS

With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border into Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls at your leisure, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Victoria Falls National Park Entry

 

DAY 20: VICTORIA FALLS

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast and with the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suites your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.

Meals: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

 


Accommodation


ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE

Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems. We also highly recommend that you book
your flights to depart the day after the tour officially ends to allow for delays and changes.

PRE AND POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION

If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel
agent or Nomad to make these bookings.

On our camping tours you will be staying in two-man dome tents. We supply a mattress and you supply your own sleeping bag. The accommodated tours stay in traditional huts, permanent tented camps and hostel-style rooms, with shared ablutions.

FOOD AND MEALS

Included are three hearty meals a day, (unless otherwise specified). Vegetarians are easily catered for and they´re always impressed by our varied menu. Our guides can produce miracles on a camp-stove. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but only by special request. In East Africa, it is more difficult to cater to certain requirements.

Price

20 Days - 

USD 2010




What's Included?


  • All transport by Adventure Vehicle
  • All Accommodation (Camping and hostels
  • All Camping Equipment
  • Support 24/7 with 2 driver guides per vehicle
  • Detailed predeparture packs covering all essential need to know details
  • Support information covering Visas
  • All activities as per itinerary (not including activity pack activities).
  • Services of a tour guide
  • Most meals
  • Side Trips as per Itinerary

What's Excluded?


  • Flights
  • Pre and post accommodation
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

Frequently Asked Questions



  • The Africa Overland Truck Tours are open to all ages and nationalities.


  • All people who join an adventure tour need to be in good health. Medical facilities are not always available. If you have a specific medical condition it is compulsory for you to advise us before departure.


  • Malaria is a real concern in many areas of Africa, especially during the rainy season. Our advice is simple, prevent getting bitten by using an insect repellent and use an effective prophylactic. Speak to your doctor before selecting your Malaria medication.


  • Please ensure you have the relevant vaccinations. Proof of inoculation is required on certain tours. The best is to contact your GP.


  • This is covered comprehensively in the pre-departure dossier. South African Rand and Credit Cards work in Southern Africa. In East Africa (incl. Zimbabwe and Zambia) USD cash is best


  • Passengers under the age of 18 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Passengers over the age of 65 require a medical clearance certificate from their doctor stating they are fit enough to travel.


  • A sense of fun and a flexible attitude! A full checklist of essential items is included in the pre-departure info document.


  • Your watch, cellphone, laptop, work, stress, concept of time, pre-conceptions about anything and any attitude that is not pure adventure.


  • Although we will do our best at all times to ensure that the tour remains on schedule we want to make it very clear that this is not always possible. There is always something unexpected on a tour, sometimes the truck gets stuck in mud, or sand, sometimes it rains… Anything can happen, but nothing that a good sense of humour cannot overcome.


  • Yes! Make sure your insurance covers being airlifted in case of serious illness/injury as good hospital facilities are often a long way from where our tours travel. Free credit card insurance is often insufficient, so a separate policy is recommended. As travel insurance is compulsory, you will be asked for the policy number before being allowed to board our vehicle.


  • The average number of passengers on a tour is 18. On the camping tours there is a maximum of 24 and minimum of 4. On the Accommodated tour the minimum is 4 and the maximum is 18. The maximum number on Gorillas, Serengeti and Masai Mara tours is 18. Single Supplements are limited to 4 per tour on all tours.


  • Of course not, but you will not make many friends! On our tours our guides do most of the work. On a camping tour your participation in camp chores is limited: taking turns to assist with washing-up duties, putting up and taking down your tent and loading your bags. On some of our accommodated tours we include a camp assistant.


  • You are responsible for your own visas. Please check the itinerary of your tour carefully and if you need a multiple entry visa be sure to get one. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months after your departure date from Africa and you must have at least 3-4 blank pages available. Some countries will not allow you to enter without 2 blank pages in your passport


  • All of our tours are priced on twin share accommodation. The single supplement is not compulsory on our camping tours but if you want your own tent you need to pay the single supplement. If you are booking one of our accommodated tours alone you have to pay the single supplement. There are a maximum of 4 single supplements available on all tours.


  • All travellers will be required to sign our indemnity form on departure. Any person refusing to do so will not be allowed on the tour.


Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure (2020) Trip Dates


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