Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

Start: Cape Town Finish: Victoria Falls

Visiting: Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Olifants River, Orange River, Sesriem, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Brandberg Mountain, Etosha National Park, Okavango River, Mokoro, Chobe, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Fish River Canyon, Namib Naukluft, Victoria, Table Mountain, Etosha


Duration: 19 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 14

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $3202

Tour Overview

Cape Town to Victoria Falls is one of the world’s great classic journeys. Starting from Cape Town, South Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, this trip travels through Namibia's spectacular desert landscape, wildlife-rich game parks in Namibia and Botswana and finally to the mighty Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. This is an adventure through the heart of southern Africa’s dramatic scenery, with rich culture, diverse wildlife and the opportunity to partake in numerous activities along the way.

Highlights

  • iconEtosha NP with its fantastic wildlife
  • iconCape Town, Africa's most exciting city
  • iconThe Okavango River and Chobe NP
  • iconThe mighty Victoria Falls
  • iconSossusvlei, the highest sand dunes in the world

Places You'll See

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Dead Valley in Namibia
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping
Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Cape Town.

Location: Cape Town

Accommodation: Sweetest Guest Houses or similar

Meals: No Meals

Those on the group flights will be taken to the hotel in Cape Town upon arrival. If you're not on the group flights we suggest you aim to arrive at the lodge in Cape Town by mid-afternoon. If the weather is good this afternoon there may be the opportunity for an optional excursion up Table Mountain via cable car. Table Mountain is often the first image that springs to mind whenever one thinks of Cape Town – the views across the city on a clear day are incredible. If the weather is not good enough this will be a free afternoon, with the opportunity to explore the famous V & A Waterfront.

icon Day 2 : Visit Cape Peninsula; afternoon wine tour.

Location: Cape Peninsula

Accommodation: Sweetest Guest Houses or similar

Meals: Breakfast

We generally begin today’s tour with a drive along the spectacular Chapman's Peak drive (please note, occasionally this drive is closed and we will have to go around it), via Houtbay. Continuing to the Cape Point Nature reserve, we have time to walk to the lighthouse and then along the boardwalk to the Cape of Good Hope. We then take a short visit to the Boulders Beach penguin colony and enjoy some lunch. In the late afternoon we visit a local wine farm – the area surrounding Cape Town is renowned for its wine and we will get a chance to sample some of the local produce. The order of activities in Cape Town is flexible as everything hinges around going up Table Mountain when the weather is best. Evening meals can be enjoyed at various restaurants on the beaches along the coast – Cape Town is a food and drink lover's paradise!

icon Day 3 : Drive to the Olifants River Valley

Location: Olifants River

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Highlanders Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Cape Town and travel through farmlands of citrus, maize, cattle and sheep as we start the journey towards Namibia. Our first stop is in the fertile Olifants River Valley, giving us a glimpse into the agricultural lifestyle of the Western Cape. (about 5hrs drive)

icon Day 4 : To Orange River; afternoon optional canoeing.

Location: Orange River

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Felix Unite Camp Site or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we drive to Orange River (5 hours + 1 hour border crossing), where Namibia's southern border meets South Africa. There is free time to relax this afternoon. Our camp for the night will be in a picturesque location on the riverbank. (450km, 6-7hrs)

icon Day 5 : To Fish River Canyon, the 2nd largest in the world; afternoon walk.

Location: Orange River

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Canyon Roadhouse Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning we enjoy a canoe trip on the Orange River. It is not tough on the water and the trip gives us the chance to see the flora and fauna of the region as we drift by. We then take a short drive (3 hours) to the second largest canyon on earth – Fish River Canyon. The views from the canyon rim are spectacular and there is time for a short walk along it in the afternoon for superb sunset views. We spend the night nearby at Hobas. (180km, 2.5-3hrs plus 1hr border crossing)

icon Day 6 : To Sesriem in the Namib Desert.

Location: Sesriem

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Sesriem Camp Site or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A day's travel along the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem where we camp for the night. (550km, 8.5-9krs)

icon Day 7 : Full day exploring the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei.

Location: Sossusvlei

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Sesriem Camp Site or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will spend the morning at the Sossusvlei dunes, one of the great sights of Africa. It's worth getting up before sunrise to watch the early morning light creep over the dunes before we climb some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Alternatively, just enjoy the changing colours on the towering dunes from lower down as the sun rises. If we're lucky we may see gemsbok, ostrich or even black-backed jackals among the dunes, an irresistibly photogenic scene! In the afternoon we visit Sesriem Canyon before returning to our camp. *Sesriem Camp Site or similar*

icon Day 8 : To the Germanic town of Swakopmund.

Location: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dunedin Star Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast

A long, spectacular drive through Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund via Walvis Bay to see, in season (summer), flamingoes in their thousands. This national park, one of the largest in the world, is home to one of the driest and oldest deserts on earth. It contains some of the finest desert scenery in Africa, if not in the world, with towering jagged rock formations and incredible lunar landscapes. (300km, 4-5hrs)

icon Day 9 : Free day to enjoy optional activities.

Location: Swakopmund

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dunedin Star Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Swakopmund has invented itself as Namibia's adventure sports capital, and we have a full day in Swakopmund to enjoy some of the optional adventure activities on offer; go on a dolphin cruise or township tour or take a flight over the desert! Alternatively, explore the German-style town and visit some of the excellent cake shops for which Swakopmund is famous. *Dunedin Star Hotel or similar*

icon Day 10 : To Brandberg; visit White Lady paintings.

Location: Brandberg Mountain

Accommodation: Brandberg Whilte Lady Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart for Namibia’s highest mountain, Brandberg. We will enjoy a walk through valley 45 for approximately 2 hours to the famous ‘White Lady’ rock painting which, along with a number of other small paintings and engravings, are thought to have been left by Bushmen at least 2000 years ago. (250km, 4hrs)

icon Day 11 : To Etosha N.P.

Location: Etosha National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Etosha NWR Camp Site or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We drive north to Etosha National Park where some of the world's best wildlife viewing can be found. We should arrive at Etosha, which means the 'Great White Place of Dry Water' in time to do a late afternoon game drive before reaching our rest camp where there will be a waterhole for game viewing at night. (400km, 5-6hrs)

icon Day 12 -13 : Two days game viewing in Etosha and enjoyeing the floodlit watering holes.

Location: Etosha National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Etosha NWR Camp Site or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We have two days to really enjoy this fabulous park with its mixed forest and grassland centred around a large salt pan. Etosha is home to a great variety and number of game, which is easy to find as the animals congregate at different times around the waterholes. There are waterholes next to the excellent campsites, and it is not uncommon for us to spend all night watching a gala performance of animals: wildebeest, zebra, impala, springbok, kudu, elephant, giraffe, lion and even rhino are all common sights here. Take plenty of patience and you will be rewarded by one of the greatest game spectacles in Southern Africa. Etosha is also a good place for birds, with plenty of waterbirds on the lakes and weaverbirds and hornbills in the trees. While in Etosha we move our camps (between Okaukuejo, Halali or Namutoni) but the itinerary is kept flexible depending on where the game is.

icon Day 14 : To the Okavango River.

Location: Okavango River

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Ngepi Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Long drive to the Okavango River - the main watercourse supplying the Okavango Delta. (650km, 8hrs)

icon Day 15 : Mokoro (dugout canoe) ride on the Okavango River.

Location: Mokoro

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Ngepi Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We take a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) ride from our camp on the Okavango River. Please note that in March/April, the river may be flooded and we may have to substitute our mokoros for a boat ride. The birdlife is prolific and, at certain times of the year, so is the game. Gliding through the waterways by mokoro is the ideal way to absorb the sheer peace and tranquillity of the place. We also have the option of a village tour to meet the local community. 

icon Day 16 : To Chobe N.P.

Location: Chobe

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Thebe Safari Camp Site or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive through the Caprivi Strip and into Botswana to Chobe National Park, home to huge numbers of elephant and hippo. (400km, 5.5-6hrs, border crossing 1hr)

icon Day 17 : Game drive and boat ride in Chobe N.P.

Location: Chobe

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Thebe Safari Camp Site or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we have an early morning game drive in Chobe National Park and an afternoon boat ride on the Chobe River where it is possible to view huge herds of elephant coming down to drink as well as many other types of game. For bird lovers, the river provides a home for the majestic African Fish Eagle and a number of species of brightly coloured bee-eaters. The area surrounding the Chobe River typically has the highest concentration of wildlife within the park as animals congregate here, particularly in the dry season (April to October). *Thebe Safari Camp Site or similar*

icon Day 18 : To Victoria Falls.

Location: Victoria Falls

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast

After a leisurely breakfast we drive to Victoria Falls, a small town on the Zimbabwean side of the glorious Victoria Falls (entrance own expense US$ 30). The waterfall itself is majestic, the activities enthralling and the scenery of the Upper Zambezi beautiful. (100km, 1.5-2hrs plus border crossing 1-2hrs)

icon Day 19 : Free day to enjoy optional activities and visit the falls.

Location: Victoria Falls

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Today you have a free day to enjoy the numerous activities on offer such as flights over the falls, white-water rafting, game viewing, or crossing into Zambia to see the falls from a different side (you will need a Zambian visa if you decide to cross over to see the falls on the other side).

icon Day 20 : End Victoria Falls.

Location: Victoria Falls

Meals: Breakfast

The trip ends today, those on the group flights will be taken to the airport.

What's Included

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    All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 12 dinners

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    All accommodation (see below)

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    All transport and listed activities

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    Tour leader throughout

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation

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    Visas or vaccinations

Food

All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 12 dinners We suggest you allow about US$170 for meals not included in the itinerary. Camp meals should be wholesome and plentiful, but do not expect cordon bleu cooking. Please note sometimes it is not easy to get fresh meat. However, the general standard of food is good and vegetarians are well catered for. Please notify Exodus of specific dietary requirements. The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally coming from bore-holes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps diminish plastic consumption.

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Reviews

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls
We have just returned from this outstanding trip and are struggling to come back down to earth. If you want to experience the huge variety of landscapes, wildlife, and exhilaration ....more We have just returned from this outstanding trip and are struggling to come back down to earth.

If you want to experience the huge variety of landscapes, wildlife, and exhilaration that Southern Africa has to offer, then this is the trip for you (if you are willing to put up with some long drives).

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An adventure not to be missed
From beginning to end this was an amazing adventure ....every day filled with wow moments From beginning to end this was an amazing adventure .

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every day filled with wow moments;
Cape Town to Victoria Falls -wow!!!
The whole trip was full of adventure. With the ever changing scenery there was so much to see and do. Every day was exciting. The food cooked for us was ....more The whole trip was full of adventure.

With the ever changing scenery there was so much to see and do.

Every day was exciting.

The food cooked for us was excellent, how he achieved the great meals on a camp fire I will never know, just brilliant.

Would recommend to anyone.

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls Reverse Lodges
Loved it. A hard overland journey, not for softies, but full of interest. Long days over often rough roads but with ever-changing landscape. There are several 2 ....more Loved it.

A hard overland journey, not for softies, but full of interest.

Long days over often rough roads but with ever-changing landscape.

There are several 2 night stops and swimming pools almost everywhere.

We got close to animals - the big 5 (including the Black and the White rhino) plus leopard, hyena, wild dogs (rare indeed), crocodiles and lots of hippos.

Zebra, giraffe, impala of all kinds, ostriches, crocodiles, colourful birds and a poisonous (and enormous) hairy black scorpion at Fish River canyon.

Southern Right Whales off Cape Point in S.

Africa and the lovely penquins nearby were the icing on the cake.

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls
Beautiful jurney through Southern Africa!! However, long daily drives were tiring but scenery was worth to see. Beautiful jurney through Southern Africa!! However, long daily drives were tiring but scenery was worth to see.

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Lodge based (ASVP)
A road trip of a lifetime, travelling north through the Namibian Desert to Etosha National Park (NP), Chobe NP in Botswana, climaxing with various activities at and around Victoria Falls. A road trip of a lifetime, travelling north through the Namibian Desert to Etosha National Park (NP), Chobe NP in Botswana, climaxing with various activities at and around Victoria Falls.

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Cape Town to vic falls
A great full on trip seeing loads of animals, meeting many different local people. A great full on trip seeing loads of animals, meeting many different local people.

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Victoria Falls to Cape Town Camping Trip
I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday from day one. The guides were very good and were always on hand to give some assistance if required. Some of the days were fairly ....more I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday from day one.

The guides were very good and were always on hand to give some assistance if required.

Some of the days were fairly exhausting with the travelling and heat but plenty of water was handed out and the bus was comfortable for the long journeys.

I am 65 years old and fairly fit but took part in all the activities so this trip shouldn't deter anyone of advanced years.

The only slight moans I had were that the canoe trip on the Orange River should have been cancelled owing to the weather conditions - one canoe capsized - and the toilet/washing facilities were pretty dire at the Aba Huab campsite.

This was a beautiful location in the desert but the toilets and showers were disgusting.

The bus had some problems with a puncture and eventually died in Namibia but the guides whistled up a replacement without affecting our holiday - Well done Nyasha!Overall, I would have no hesitation in recommending this trip to anyone who was prepared to "muck in" with the rest of the group to make this holiday a memorable one.

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls-Camping
Full on trip, every day was an adventure. Full on trip, every day was an adventure.

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls (camping)
What a great time we had, a super group of fellow travellers and fantastic leader, cook and driver.WE SAW THE BIG FIVE which was in large part down to the ....more What a great time we had, a super group of fellow travellers and fantastic leader, cook and driver.

WE SAW THE BIG FIVE which was in large part down to the crew and their game spotting.

I had done this same trip years ago with Guerba, that trip was a participatory camping experience where we had to take turns cooking! This trip was complete luxury by comparison.

Our cook Ivan was a trained pastry chef so our meals were a real treat especially the deserts.

The campsites were in the main of a good standard and although our cheif aka Christopher apologised because there was no grass to pitch the tents on ( no suprise in the dessert) we soon got used to the sand.

There was the flexibility to move on early to Swakomund when we were caught up in a bad sand storm which upended several of our tents.

The Itinerary was well thought out.

Our group of 12 was an ideal size as we could mainly have a window seat.

There were lockers at the back of the truck in which we were able to lock up our valuables.

Some journeys werelong but the scenery was so varied it was never boring.

The real highlights are no doubt the game drives.

Go on this tour if you can.

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Dates & Availability

Sunday Aug 29, 2021

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Sunday Nov 07, 2021

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Sunday Sep 04, 2022

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Sunday Oct 16, 2022

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