The Africa Overland Truck Tours are open to all ages and nationalities.
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.
- South Africa
Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure: Trip Highlights
- Orange River,
- Namib-Naukluft Nationaal Park (NP),
- Okavango Delta,
- Fish River Canyon,
- Sesriem Canyon,
- Himba Tribes,
- Masai Village,
- Chobe NP,
- Victoria Falls NP.
Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure Photos
Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure: 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.
After a short stop to view Table Mountain, we drive north to the Cederberg region. In the afternoon (weather permitting) we go on a guided walk to see Bushmen paintings and learn about the native fauna and flora. Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Today we travel to the Gariep/Orange River. We spend the night under the stars and sit at the campfire getting to know each another. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You can choose between a morning on the riverbank or the half day canoe on the river. After lunch, we travel north to the Fish River Canyon. Optional Activities: Orange/Gariep River Half-Day Canoe Adventure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From the Fish River Canyon we continue into the remote hinterland. We arrive at camp in the afternoon and enjoy a short hike at Sesriem Canyon. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We wake before dawn so we can hike up Dune 45 and watch the sunrise. After breakfast we join a local expert on a guided tour explaining the desert ecosystem. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we cross the Tropic of Capricorn (where we stop for a photo) on our way to Namibias Atlantic coast. In Swakopmund you will be briefed on the optional activities available here. Day 7 is free for you to explore the town or try one of the many adventure activities. Optional Activities: Quadbiking, Sandboarding, Sky Diving, Dolphin Cruise, Scenic Flights, Fishing etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Dinner on day 7 only)
We leave all the trappings of modern life behind us and drive inland to the mysterious Spitzkoppe. Tonight we camp in the wild. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After some early morning exploration we continue inland and drive towards Kamanjab. The Himba are a pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats, they are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Etosha NP is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We will go on various game drives, and spend our evenings at the abundant water holes for some excellent game photography. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek in the centre of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market. In the afternoon we go on a short city tour. Optional Activities: Dinner out at Joes Beer House. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
It is a scenic drive to the Buitepos border, where we cross into Botswana. Once at camp we will meet with a local Bushmen community and experience some traditional Tribal Dancing. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Another early day! Our journey takes us from Ghanzi towards Maun. We spend the night here and prepare for our two night bush-camping experience. Your guides will provide you with a briefing about the next few days activities and the community run tourism operation. From here we will enter the Delta using local transport. If the water level allows we will take a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip a well as a nature walk with the local people. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We leave the Delta behind us and travel east to Gweta, which is located halfway between Maun and Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans NP. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
When we arrive at Kasane we set up camp on the bank of the Chobe River. The afternoon is spent game viewing from a boat in the Chobe NP. This is an excellent opportunity to view Africa´s spectacular wildlife. You will have the chance to experience an early morning game drive the following day. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
On arrival in Victoria Falls we have time to plan the next days adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls NP and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi. The popular optional sunset cruise includes dinner and drinks. Optional Activities: Chobe morning game drive, Zambezi Sunset Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch AFRICA OVERLAND TRUCK TOUR
Officially your tour finishes after breakfast but most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting alternatives such as a walk with lions or a bungee jump from the bridge that joins Zimbabwe with Zambia. Optional Activities: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jump, Elephant Excursion, Walking with Lions, Horse Riding, Dinner out.
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.
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.
A Rough Idea of Price
All of our gap year holidays are completely customised to your needs and prices will therefore vary based on things like the time of year and level of accommodation; but we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.
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- 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
- Pre and post accommodation
- 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
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.