Harare To Cape Town (34 Days) Deltas & Dunes

Harare To Cape Town (34 Days) Deltas & Dunes

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Harare To Cape Town (34 Days) Deltas & Dunes

34 Days Starting in Harare, Zimbabwe and ending in Cape Town, South Africa

Visiting: Harare, Great Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park, Brandberg Mountain, Swakopmund, Fish River Canyon, Cape Town

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Oasis Overland

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Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 10

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4WD, Boat/Cruise Excursion

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Tour Overview

The warm heart of Africa, Zimbabwe, will welcome your arrival before you and your fellow travellers continue south through the ever-changing landscapes of Southern Africa. Experience the the abundant wildlife of the Okavango Delta & Etosha National Park, to the breathtaking scenery of the Namib Desert, Fish River Canyon & Chimanimani mountain ranges. Try your hand at white water rafting & bungy jumping at Victoria Falls or quad biking & dune sledding at Swakopmund.


  • Explore the scenic and secluded Eastern Highlands - near the sleepy town of Chimanimani

  • Take a safari through Matobo National Park and search on foot for Black Rhino

  • Experience the enormity of Victoria Falls

  • A cruise on Chobe river - rich in wildlife

  • Take a mokoro trip into the Okavango Delta and camp out in the wilderness

  • Game drive by day and relax at floodlit water holes by night in Etosha National Park

  • Explore Namib-Naukluft Park and Sossusvlei, they portray the iconic images of Namibia

  • Finishing in Cape Town, the "Mother City" whose skyline is dominated by Table Mountain

  • Discover the largest ruins in sub-Saharan Africa, Great Zimbabwe

  • Enjoy many of the activities available in Namibia's adventure capital, Swakopmund


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Day 1 - 5 : Harare To Great Zimbabwe
Location: Harare, Great Zimbabwe
Accommodation: Camp

Leaving Harare we make our way to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, where we visit Chimanimani, and where you have the opportunity to take a hike through the mountain wilderness area, or hiking to the nearby bridal veil falls, or simply enjoying the stunning surroundings from this sleepy village whilst strolling through the village market. Great Zimbabwe Ruins which was once the greatest medieval city in Sub Saharan Africa and where the name Zimbabwe is derived, literally meaning house of stone is where we stop next to view this ancient city.

Day 6 - 8 : Great Zimbabwe To Bulawayo
Location: Great Zimbabwe, Bulawayo
Accommodation: Camp

We drive across Mashonaland to Gweru, here we visit a privately run horse and game ranch where you can go game viewing on horseback. Its our destination for the next few days. Next we enter Matabeleland and the town of Bulawayo.

Day 9 - 10 : Bulawayo To Victoria Falls
Location: Bulawayo, Victoria Falls
Accommodation: Camp

You have the option of leaving the truck for a day to venture into Matobo National Park with a local safari company. You will have a unique chance to get out on foot to try and spot the elusive Black Rhino - amongst hordes of other game. There is also the opportunity to visit Cecil Rhodes' grave and Ancient Rock Paintings. We will then follow a journey that is steeped in history and say goodbye to our truck for the night as we board the overnight train from Bulawayo to the mighty Victoria Falls. Expect basic conditions, but the views and experience of looking out the window and watching the world go by more than makes up for it. If you look carefully you might even spot some kudu or elephant! When you get there the mighty Victoria Falls await.

Day 11 - 12 : Victoria Falls
Location: Victoria Falls
Accommodation: Camp

For some, Mosi oa Tunya - The Smoke That Thunders, is the highlight of their African safari. From the main road, in the bush 20kms away, a cloud of mist and spray can be seen against the blue sky. As you get closer, a low rumble like thunder can be heard. When you arrive it is a surprise to discover the enormity of Victoria Falls. One mile wide and hurling over 5 million cubic metres of water a minute into the Zambezi Gorge this sight is breathtaking at any time of year. The Gorge is the setting for one of the most adrenaline fuelled grade 5 white water rafting in the world. There is something here for everyone. Why not take a day trip over the Victoria Falls bridge to view the falls from Zambia, take the Flight of Angels - a great way to get a birds eye view of the falls in a microlight or helicopter, enjoy a civilised afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel, join a Sunset Boat Cruise or a more sedate Canoe trip. For those who want to make the most of the adrenaline activities, get your fix with the Gorge Swing, Abseil or 'enjoy' one of the highest commercial Bungee Jumps in the world.

Day 13 : Victoria Falls
Location: Victoria Falls
Accommodation: Camp

Our final day in Victoria Falls provides you with time for those last minute activities or shopping you may wish to do before we continue our African adventure.

Day 14 - 17 : Victoria Falls To Maun
Location: Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta
Accommodation: Camp

Our overland trip continues from Zimbabwe into Botswana, spending the night on the outskirts of the Chobe National Park - famous for its hordes of Elephants, as well as an abundance of other wildlife. You will have a chance to spend the afternoon on the Chobe River - a less intrusive way to view game and wildlife - as well as the Namibian frontier across the river.

We then head south into the Kalahari Basin - known for its dry, desolate and expansive freedom. You will have an opportunity to leave the truck to venture into the Okavango Delta. Local poler guides will navigate the extensive waterways using canoes similar to their traditional Mokoro's (dug out canoes). This is a great experience - and the best way to have a chance of seeing the elusive wildlife of this unique desert oasis. You will have a number of opportunities to go on game walks with rangers - giving you the chance to see elephant, crocodile and hippo up close and personal. The Okavango Delta is one of the world's largest inland waterways and its calming serenity will leave those who experience it feeling supremely relaxed. There is also the opportunity to experience the heights of African adventure travel too: see the delta from the air during an hour-long flight.

Day 18 - 22 : Maun To Brandberg Mountains
Location: Etosha National Park, Brandberg Mountain
Accommodation: Camp

Travelling west we enter Namibia and continue toward Etosha National Park - recognised as one of the worlds greatest wildlife viewing areas. The semi desert is quite a contrast to the more fertile terrain we have been used to. The night sky ablaze with shooting stars and the warm glow of our campfire makes for unforgettable camping experiences. Besides game drives we can also game watch by night at one of the floodlit water holes where we may well spot Rhino, Elephant and Giraffe among a host of other wildlife.

From Etosha we visit a local Cheetah park and get up close to these amazing and endangered creatures, before continuing on to the Brandberg Mountains in Demaraland.

Day 23 - 27 : Brandberg To Swakopmund
Location: Brandberg Mountain, Swakopmund
Accommodation: Camp

We then travel to the stunning Spitzkoppe Rock formations. Known as the Matterhorn of Namibia - the Spitzkoppe is part of the Erongo Mt range and was formed over 100 million years ago after the collapse of a gigantic volcano. The scenery is striking from every angle - even more stunning as the granite massifs turn red at sunset. Next stop is the world famous Cape Cross Seal Colony, where the sight of thousands of these mammals, as well as their accompanying pungent odour is remembered by all! The Cool Atlantic Ocean and the prominent Benguela current provide a perfect location for feeding and breeding for the Cape Fur Seal.

For the next three days, our Africa overland trip will be based in Swakopmund - Namibia's adventure gateway. You can choose between a variety of activities and excursions here: spend a day deep sea fishingfor shark and other game fish or head out to the desert and try quad biking and dune sledding. You can also go horse riding or get a birds eye view of the dramatic coastline - either by Sky diving from 10,000 feet or take a flight over the towering sand dunes in the area. In Swakopmund itself you can walk along miles of deserted beaches, visit the museum or relax in a cafe.

Day 28 - 31 : Swakopmund To Fish River Canyon
Location: Swakopmund, Fish River Canyon
Accommodation: Camp

A one day drive takes us to the Namib-Naukluft Park, a vast expanse of desert which contains some of the highest sand dunes in the world. At Sossusvlei we stop and explore this spectacular area and red dunes. Continuing south we enter the semi-desert, and wide-open countryside of cattle ranching until we arrive at one of Africas most sensational natural features, Fish River Canyon. We stop here for a couple of hours to take in the awesome scenery.

Day 32 - 33 : Fish River Canyon To Cape Town
Location: Fish River Canyon, Cape Town
Accommodation: Camp

A couple of hours drive away we enter South Africa and cross the Orange River - a rich source of diamonds. We travel south through the Cederburg Wilderness Area, an area of rugged valleys and peaks before getting to the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Our accommodation here will be in a backpackers hostel.

Day 34 : Cape Town
Location: Cape Town

Your trip will finish after breakfast. There is plenty to do in and around Cape Town, from climbing up Table Mountain to abseiling down it, diving with sharks (either in ocean cages - or at the Two Oceans Aquarium), a tour to Robben Island or head out on the town to one of the many hot spots that Cape Town has to offer.

What's Included

  • Accommodation - approx. 90% camping & 10% simple hostels/hotels

  • Private Game Ranch

  • Overnight sleeper train from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls (if available)

  • Chobe National Park - entrance & river cruise

  • Etosha National Park

  • Cheetah Park

  • Namib Naukluft Park

  • Spitzkoppe Rock formations

  • Cape Cross Seal Colony

  • Sossusvlei Sand Dunes

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What's Not Included

  • Visas

  • Optional Excursions as listed in the Pre-Departure Information

  • Flights

  • Airport Taxes & Transfers

  • Travel Insurance

  • Meals - approx. 40%

  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Local payment from US$830

    Local payment (LP) in addition to the Trip Price and is paid to your Tour Leader at the start of your trip.

    It covers the cost of some of the trip's day-to-day expenses such as food and accommodation which your tour leader pays direct to local people.

More Info

The warm heart of Africa, Zimbabwe, will welcome your arrival before you and your fellow travellers continue south through the ever-changing landscapes of Southern Africa. Experience the the abundant wildlife of the Okavango Delta & Etosha National Park, to the breathtaking scenery of the Namib Desert, Fish River Canyon & Chimanimani mountain ranges. Try your hand at white water rafting & bungy jumping at Victoria Falls or quad biking & dune sledding at Swakopmund.

Mode of Transport

The Oasis truck will be your new home giving you a comfortable, secure base with which to experience your trip. As part of the adventure you will be expected to have an active involvement in the day to day running of the trip, be part of the group and get stuck in and help with various tasks, whether it's cooking meals over open fires, pitching your tent or keeping the truck clean and tidy.


All Oasis Overland trucks are fitted with seatbelts. For your own safety and security we recommend that travellers wear these at all times whilst the vehicle is moving. Our overland trucks in Africa also have a ‘beach area’ which is a chill out zone to be used when the truck is not moving.


Camping - Oasis uses roomy three-person tents but only for two people. They are specially made for us to meet the tougher conditions of an overland trip and have mosquito netting sewn into the door and windows. Tents are shared (between two people of the same sex from your group unless you are a couple). We spend some nights bush or desert camping and the rest of the time in campsites. Facilities and standards at campsites vary, some are well equipped and managed and some are very basic. At bush camps you will be living off the truck, so there will be no showers or en-suite facilities! At certain campsites there is the opportunity to upgrade to a private room at your own expense if you are missing your bed.

Lodges / Hostels - At some locations we will stay in lodges and hostels that are small, locally run establishments. The accommodation will vary depending on the rooming available, from dormitory style rooms, to twins/doubles or triple rooms. Upgrades may be available on arrival, but cannot be reliably pre-booked. Please refer to the individual trip inclusions for the percentage break up of your accommodation.


Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    Maximum 10 people.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • What to expect at meal times?

    When 'on the road' or camping, we usually cook using gas or over open fires in a rota system and you can expect to cook in a group of two or three people approximately once every ten days depending on the number of people on trip and whereabouts you are. Your cook group will have to decide on what to cook, utilise stocks from the truck stores and locally obtain ingredients from markets, shops etc. and rustle up a meal. But don't worry if you're not a Gordon Ramsay as the rest of the group and the Tour leader usually lend a helping hand. Here is an idea of what to expect at meal times: Breakfasts: Usually simple - we help ourselves to cereal, toast, hot drinks and on occasion we will splurge with a cooked breakfast. Lunch: Cold and usually quick. The cook group will put out bread, tinned supplies and maybe make a salad. Dinner: Cooks come into their own in the evening, and will always attempt to cook up some delights. When the truck is parked up for a few days in a town or city most people usually like the option to eat out at local restaurants - so we often don't cook all meals when at these locations.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport Transfer Costs: Approximately $35 USD. If you would like to arrange an airport transfer, please contact Small World Backpackers directly. Your Transfer Rep. will be waiting for you as you exit Immigration holding an Oasis sign. If you have not arranged an airport transfer through the backpackers there are many taxi's available outside the airport. A taxi is approximately $30USD. The return airport transfer can be arranged through your hotel / hostel and is not included, it is at your own expense. We regret these services cannot be arranged via the Oasis office before departure.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    You need to arrive at your departure city at least the day before your trip begins. Return flights must be booked for at least the day AFTER the trip is due to end. You may wish to allow some extra time to explore your arrival and departure cities (if you are joining in Victoria Falls - we suggest arriving at least 2 days before if you wish to partake in the many adrenaline activities on offer). One way ticket: If you intend to travel on a one way ticket to meet up with one of our trips, without possessing an onward flight ticket - we recommend that you have a copy of your payment confirmation/receipt (that you will be sent at time of your balance payment) available at immigration to assist easy entry. Departure Taxes: Please check with your Travel Agent or Airline if your flight ticket already includes a departure tax payment out of the country. If it does not - please budget for approx US$30 to $70 USD - to be paid in US$ only.

  • Where does the trip start?

    The trip starts from Small World Backpackers at approximately 8am on the morning of Day 1 of your trip. The Backpackers is close to the city centre, cafes, bars, shops and Harare Gardens. It has self catering facilities and the friendly reception have a fridge stocked with sodas and beers. They offer wifi, transport arrangements, airport transfers, laundry service and have a lounge with satellite television. Trip Joining Point: Small World Backpackers - Harare Start Time Day 1: 08:00 Telephone: +263738643820 Website: www.smallworldlodge.com

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes, if you are travelling solo. On our Overland Adventures and Ultimate Expeditions, we will pair you up with a tent buddy of the same sex when we camp and the same goes for twin & shared rooms in hostels, so there is no need to go it alone! If you specifically would like to request your own single room whilst on the trip, this may be requested subject to availability and additional fee.

  • How many people do you take on your Trips?

    On most of our Overland Adventures and Ultimate Expeditions our vehicles can carry a maximum of 24 travellers, the average however is around 16-20 on any one trip. Our Small Group Adventures have a maximum of 18 people per Tour Leader, although again the average is around 10-14 people.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Jacquelyn Kerr  


Sep 2019

Prosper was incredibly knowledgeable. The Drivers Steve & Geoff were great, keeping everything working & making sure we got everywhere on time. We selected Oasis because of their green credentials - we didn’t need to buy any bottled water. There were many highlights including the game drive/boat trip in Chobe (we saw a leopard taking an impala!), sitting up at the night time hides in Etosha & canoeing/walking in the Okavango Delta. The setup of the truck was perfect with a comfy snug at the front for reading/playing card games. Facing eachother makes it very social & good for pictures.

Amy Hall  


Aug 2016

A new adventure every day. Loved every minute.

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