You’ll have 19 magnificent days to explore, starting off with the bustling and sophisticated city of Cape Town, South Africa, nestled between mountains, beaches and Winelands, admire the sunset at Fish River Canyon, Namibia, journey over the Namib Desert with its splendid red dunes, go on safari in Etosha National Park and visit Windhoek one of the smallest and cleanest capital cities in the world. 

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You’ll have 19 magnificent days to explore, starting off with the bustling and sophisticated city of Cape Town, South Africa, nestled between mountains, beaches and Winelands, admire the sunset at Fish River Canyon, Namibia, journey over the Namib Desert with its splendid red dunes, go on safari in Etosha National Park and visit Windhoek one of the smallest and cleanest capital cities in the world. 

In Botswana, you can dance with the San (Bushmen), do a mokoro excursion in the Okavango Delta, discover wildlife in Chobe National Park, and soak up the incredible views of Victoria Falls.

You’ll have several nights of camping under the African sky and transport in an Adventure Overland Safari Truck (fitted with 20 luxury seats), which will ensure that you get an unforgettable camping and accommodated experience in Africa. With time to explore on your own and a marvellous choice of included and optional activities to do, you’ll experience the beauty and diversity of Southern & East Africa.

(On this tour you will have the option to go on a 1-day fly-in Mokoro Day Trip. Please note that this is an optional activity and it is not included in the tour price. Subject to availability and weather conditions.)

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Trip summary

  • Travel style Group departure
  • Departure Cape Town
  • End Victoria Falls
  • Countries
    • South Africa
    • Namibia
    • Botswana
    • Zimbabwe
  • City
    • Cape Town
    • Trawal
    • Gariep River Camp
    • Fish River Canyon
    • Sesriem
    • Namib Naukluft
    • Swakopmund
    • Brandberg
    • Etosha National Park
    • Windhoek
    • Ghanzi
    • Maun
    • Nata
    • Kasane
    • Victoria Falls
  • Theme Safari and Natural Parks
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our highest standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Cape Town
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town during the day and meet your group and your Tour Leader in the evening at 18:00 to get acquainted and review your trip details. 

    • Meals Included: None
    • Travel time: N/A
    • Activities Included: Airport Transfer, Welcome Meeting at 18:00
    • Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point Tour
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    • Accommodation: Hotel

     

    Visited places:
    • Cape Town
  • 2
    Cape Town - Trawal
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    This morning you will leave behind the delights of Cape Town and depart on the first leg of your journey into the unknown. The first overnight stop will be on a small vineyard farm in the vicinity of the Cederberg Mountains. Here grapes are produced for the local cellars and you will have the opportunity to taste and buy some of the local wines in an optional wine tasting activity. 

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 5 hrs
    • Activities Optional: Wine Tasting
    • Camping: Highlanders Camp or similar
    • Camping Plus: Highlanders Lodge or similar
    Visited places:
    • Cape Town
    • Trawal
  • 3
    Trawal to Gariep River
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    Travel north through the Northern Cape’s vast fields of wild flowers (in bloom between August and November) and visit our Africa4us Kids Project that we run in conjunction with the local orphanage and primary school at Kamieskroon Children’s Trust. After the visit, we continue north to reach the Namibian border by midday. Head to the Namibian side of the South Africa / Namibia border. End the day with a spectacular sunset viewed from a nearby hill.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Travel time: 7 hrs
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    • Camping: Felix Unite Camp or similar
    • Camping Plus: Felix Unite Bungalow/Lodge or similar
    Visited places:
    • Trawal
    • Gariep River Camp
  • 4
    Gariep River to the Fish River Canyon
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    Wake up to a quiet morning while you watch the sun rise over the Gariep River, peacefully gliding along its way. You can have a slow morning and sleep in a bit or go on an optional canoe trip down the river. Later during the morning, you travel to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa.  As the sun slips over the canyon's rim, experience an awe-inspiring sunset to end your day of exploration.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 3 hrs
    • Activities Included: Fish River Canyon  
    • Activities Optional: Canoeing on Gariep River
    • Entrance Fees Included: Fish River Canyon
    • Camping: Canyon Roadhouse Camp or similar
    Visited places:
    • Gariep River Camp
    • Fish River Canyon
  • 5
    Fish River Canyon to Sesriem
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    Today is an early departure and a long drive north to the Namib Desert. On the way to Sesriem, you pass the small towns of Bethanie and Helmeringhausen and farm settlements, but other than that it will mostly just be the wide-open Namibian landscape with spectacular scenery. Arriving in the late afternoon, you will visit the Sesriem Canyon. Admire the lofty red sand dunes in the distance that form a gateway into the Namib Desert, which means "vast place."

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 9 hrs
    • Activities Included: Sesriem Canyon afternoon visit
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: Namib Naukluft Park – Sesriem/Sossusvlei
    • Camping: Sesriem Campsite or similar
    Visited places:
    • Fish River Canyon
    • Sesriem
  • 6
    Sesriem to Naukluft Region
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    An early departure allows you to experience a beautiful desert sunrise over the dunes. Climb the majestic Dune 45 before continuing to the entrance of Sossusvlei, a seemingly endless expanse of sand dunes. Driving through the breathtakingly- beautiful landscape you experience the meaning of the name Namib – open space. See how narrow gorges lead up to high plateaus or end abruptly in steep rock faces as you proceed toward your campsite in the region known as the Naukluft.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 5 hrs Dune 45 & Sossusvlei, 3 hrs Drive to Naukluft Region  
    • Activities Included: Dune 45 visit, 4x4 Transfer to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
    • Activities Optional: Various Optional Activities
    • Entrance Fees Included: Namib Naukluft Park
    • Camping: Hammerstein Camp or similar
    • Camping Plus: Hammerstein Lodge Lodge or similar

     

    Visited places:
    • Sesriem
    • Namib Naukluft
  • 7
    Naukluft Region to Swakopmund
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    Today we will travel to the coastal town of Swakopmund. There will be several photo-stop opportunities along the way as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn and drive through the surreal landscapes of the Kuiseb and Gaub passes. 

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Travel time: 6 hrs
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Skydiving etc
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    • Hotel: Prost Hotel or similar
    Visited places:
    • Namib Naukluft
    • Swakopmund
  • 8
    Swakopmund
    Day 8

    Swakopmund’s variety of attractions and activities cater for all tastes and styles. Take a walk along the beach and dip your toes in the icy Atlantic Ocean or visit the Kristal Gallery which boasts the largest Quartz Crystal Cluster on display in the world, weighing in at 14,100 kilogrammes. Browse the many excellent bookshops and curio shops and spoil yourself with a unique gift from the area. If adrenalin and the outdoors thrills you, you can enjoy optional activities like quad biking, sand boarding, 4x4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more. 

    • Meals Included: Breakfast
    • Travel time: N/A 
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Skydiving etc
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    • Hotel: Prost Hotel or similar
    Visited places:
    • Swakopmund
  • 9
    Swakopmund to Brandberg (Uis Area)
    Day 9 Transfer by car
    We travel north to Brandberg, home to Königstein, at 2,573m above sea level the highest peak in Namibia. En-route, we stop at Zeilas shipwreck.
    Zeila got stranded on 25 August 2008 in the early morning hours. Sold as scrap metal to an Indian company by Hangana Fishing of Walvis Bay Zeila came loose from its towing line while on its way to Bombay, India shortly after it left Walvis Bay. Only a few usable items could be rescued.  
     
    Close to Zeila one can explore the wonder of one of the richest lichen stretches in the Namib Desert.
    In the morning, we visit the famous White Lady Bushmen painting in the Brandberg on a guided hike. The walk to the painting and back is about 2 hours. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery along the riverbed on your way to the famous “lady”, with multicoloured rocks that take on various shades of flaming orange in the late afternoon, giving the mountain its name. 
    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 4 hrs
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: Variety of activities including Ultimate Adventure Tours with Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles, Horse Riding and more
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A 
    • Camping: Brandberg White Lady Camp or similar 
    • Camping Plus: Uis White Lady B&B, Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar
    Visited places:
    • Swakopmund
    • Brandberg
  • 10
    Brandberg to Etosha National Park
    Day 10 Transfer by car

    Travel through the vast expanse of Northern Namibia to the Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa’s most loved wildlife sanctuaries. Head out for a game drive in search of elephant, antelope and lion around various watering holes. Etosha is home to more than 100 species of mammals including the endangered black rhino. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise with species such as the famous Kori Bustard, ostrich, several vultures, and eagle species and after heavy rains, you might even find water birds such as flamingos and pelicans. 

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 7 hrs
    • Activities Included: Game Drives in Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
    • Activities Optional: Night Drives
    • Entrance Fees Included: Etosha National Park
    • Camping: Okaukuejo/Halali or similar
    Visited places:
    • Brandberg
    • Etosha National Park
  • 11
    Etosha National Park
    Day 11 Transfer by car

    Enjoy a full day’s game drive in your air-conditioned Premium Overland Safari Vehicle. Gather memories of unique sightings that you will not likely experience again. Watch how ghostly grey-white elephants bathe themselves in the white dust of the area or zoom in on the magnificent sight of giraffes etched against a wide and open horizon.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: N/A
    • Activities Included: Game Drives in Overland Vehicle
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: Etosha National Park
    Visited places:
    • Etosha National Park
  • 12
    Etosha National Park to Windhoek
    Day 12

    Travel to Windhoek, Namibia's capital. Spend the last few hours of the day exploring Windhoek and its strong German influence. You will have the option to celebrate tonight at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast
    • Travel time: 7 hrs
    • Activities Included: Welcome Meeting PM
    • Activities Optional: Explore City & Craft Market, Museums
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    • Hotel: Hotel Safari or similar
    Visited places:
    • Etosha National Park
    • Windhoek
  • 13
    Windhoek to Ghanzi
    Day 13

    Depart Windhoek early for a long drive through the eastern part of Namibia, crossing the border into Botswana and travelling into the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Ghanzi is the area where San (Bushmen) live who still have the knowledge of an ancient lifestyle and who are eager to welcome visitors into their almost forgotten world. In the evening, you can enjoy an optional ancient dance ritual performed around a campfire by the San and if the night is clear, enjoy the sparkling, starry skies for which Ghanzi is famous.

    • Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    • Travel time: 9 hrs
    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Activities included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: San (Bushmen) Dance PM
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
       
    Visited places:
    • Windhoek
    • Ghanzi
  • 14
    Ghanzi to Maun
    Day 14 Transfer by car

    Enjoy an optional morning walk with the San (Bushmen) as they display their survival skills that have been passed on from generation to generation before departing Ghanzi. Arrive in Maun, Botswana's fifth largest town, after lunchtime. Once you arrive in Maun you will have the option to get a spectacular birds-eye view of the Okavango Delta from above in a small fixed wing aircraft (weather permitting). Looking down on the Delta from the aircraft, you will get a fair idea of the magnitude of this massive mix of land and water with its intricate system of channels and islands. You might also see families of elephant, giraffe, and herds of buffalo or even hippos from the air. If you skip the flight, you'll have the chance to kick back and relax at your accommodation.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    • Travel time: 5 hrs
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Activities Included: N/A
    • Activities Optional: San (Bushmen) Walk AM, Delta Flight PM
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    • Camping: Island Safari Camp or similar
    • Camping Plus: Island Safari Lodge or similar
    Visited places:
    • Ghanzi
    • Maun
  • 15
    Maun (Okavango Delta)
    Day 15 Transfer by car

    To ensure the best Delta experience for our clients we have implemented two different styles or means of exploring this unique eco system. Due to the changing water levels in the Delta and dry seasons we will either explore the Delta on a Mokoro(boat) or on a 4x4 open vehicle game drive.

    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: N/A
    • Activities Included: Okavango Delta Experience
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: Okavango Delta
    • Camping: Island Safari Camp or similar
    • Camping Plus: Island Safari Lodge or similar

     

    Visited places:
    • Maun
  • 16
    Maun to Elephant Sands
    Day 16 Transfer by car

    Set out for Elephant Sands, which is close to the Botswanan village of Nata. Elephant Sands is famous for its watering hole, voted as one of the top ten watering holes in Africa. At this watering hole, you can expect to see animals such as wild dogs, different antelope species and of course elephants that walk through the campsite searching for fresh water. This will probably be the closest you will get to these wild animals on foot.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 6 hrs
    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Activities Inlcuded: N/A
    • Activities Optional: N/A
    • Entrance Fees Included: N/A
    Visited places:
    • Maun
    • Nata
  • 17
    Elephant Sands to Chobe River (Kasane)
    Day 17

    Continue to the small town of Kasane, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park & Chobe River. Relish the views during your included afternoon sunset boat cruise. Take your own sundowner with you as you look for wildlife on the banks of the Chobe River. Game such as elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, hippo, giraffe and sable are commonly seen along the river edge, and it's a birdwatcher’s paradise during the summer months. (You have an opportunity to go on an optional Photo Safari at your own expense, however, you would forfeit the included afternoon sunset boat cruise).

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Travel time: 4 hrs
    • Accommodation: camping
    • Activities Included: Chobe Boat Cruise
    • Activities Optional: Pangolin Photo Safari
    • Entrance Fees Included: Chobe National Park
    Visited places:
    • Nata
    • Kasane
  • 18
    Chobe River (Kasane) to Victoria Falls
    Day 18 Transfer by car

    Cross into Zimbabwe and enjoy a short drive to the magnificent Victoria Falls and its charming little town. This is your home base for the next two nights. The Victoria Falls is not the widest or highest falls but is regarded as the world's biggest. It produces a breath-taking curtain of falling water as it drops into the gorge below. See why it is considered among one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Today you will have time to do some of the action-filled activities that the area offers. Bungee jump or gorge swing off the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zambia and Zimbabwe and have a different view of the Victoria Falls at the same time. This bridge is constructed to carry railway, road, and foot traffic. For an adrenaline-filled activity closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half day or full day white water rafting adventure. Many of our groups opt to book their final evening together aboard a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River with game-viewing, beautiful scenery, and an open bar. Book a day or two extra in Victoria Falls to make the most of your stay.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Travel time: 2 hrs
    • Activities Optional: Chobe Game Drive, White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
       
    Visited places:
    • Kasane
    • Victoria Falls
  • 19
    Victoria Falls
    Day 19

    Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour.

    Visited places:
    • Victoria Falls
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Meals: 18 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 14 Dinners
    • Transport: Adventure Overland Safari Truck   
    • Accommodation (camping):       Hotel/Lodge/Tented Rooms (5nts), Serviced Camping (13nts)
    • Accommodation (camping +):    Hotel/Lodge/Tented Rooms (13nts), Serviced Camping (5nts)
    • Entrance fees: Fish River Canyon, Namib Naukluft Park - Sesriem / Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park
    • Activities: Fish River Canyon visit including sunset, Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei/Deadvlei Transfer, Etosha National Park Game Drives, Okavango Delta Experience, Chobe River Boat Cruise
    • Airport transfer: inclusive of your arrival transfer
    • Crew: tour leader, driver, camp assistant, local guides as per activities (all chores covered: cooking, cleaning, pitching & packing of tents)
    Price does not include
    • Flights
    • Visas
    • Travel and medical nsurance
    • Optional Activites
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Departure airport transfer
    • Entry to Victoria Falls
    • Pre and post night accommodation
    • Shopping
    • Towels 
    • Everything else not mentioned in Inclusions

    Our Serviced Camping travellers are required to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow. For our Serviced Camping PLUS travellers, we will supply a sleeping bag and pillow. All passengers are required to bring their own towels.