25 Days
Duration
Max 20
Group Size
Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Location
Camping
Camping Tours

Why book this tour?

This tour gives the budget traveller 25 days from Cape Town, South Africa to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, onto Matopos National Park in Bulawayo finally ending in Johannesburg.

You have 25 magnificent days to explore, starting off with the bustling and sophisticated city of Cape Town, nestled between mountains, beaches, and Winelands, admire the sunset at Fish River Canyon, 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, continuing to the splendid Matobo National Park and then ending in Johannesburg.
This tour offers 24 nights of camping under the African sky and transport in an air-conditioned Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle (fitted with 20 luxury seats), will ensure that you get an unforgettable camping experience in Africa. With time to explore on your own and a marvellous choice of included and optional activities to do, you will experience the beauty and diversity of Southern Africa.

 


Included:

  • Meals
    24 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 17 Dinners
  • Accommodation
    Hotel (6nts), Lodge (1 nt), Serviced Camping (17 nts)
  • Entrance Fees
    Fish River Canyon, Sesriem / Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Matobo National Park
  • Activities
    Fish River Canyon, Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Sossusvlei/Deadvlei Transfer, Etosha National Park Game Drives, Okavango Delta – Half-Day Makoro Trail including a Nature Walk, Chobe River Boat Cruise, Gwango Game Drive PM, Rhino Walk & Game Drive Matobo National Park
  • Airport Transfer
    Inclusive of your arrival transfer. Please see “Joining Instructions” for more details
  • Crew
    Services of a Tour Leader, Driver and Camp Assistant for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included.

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This tour (CVJAC) is the combination of:

12 Days Cape and Namibia Camping

8 Days Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls Camping

7 Days Victoria Falls to Johannesburg Camping

If you need any additional information or need assistance with your booking, please don’t hesitate to contact us at +27 200 5767 or info@africa4us.com

Day 1

Cape Town

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. Cape Town offers an unbelievable variety of experiences, tastes and sightseeing. Try a variety of exotic tastes, like some of the delicious Cape Malay curries, the famous local dish Bobotie, or the freshest seafood at one of exquisite seafood restaurants. Make sure to arrive a day early to go to the world-famous Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, visit Cape Point or go with a cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Cape Town from the top.
Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel
Activities Included: Airport Transfer, Welcome Meeting at 18:00
Activities Optional: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront
Entrance Fees Included: N/A



Lady Hamilton Hotel or similar:

Lady Hamilton Hotel Lady Hamilton Hotel

Day 2

Cape Town to Trawal

Today you leave behind the delights of Cape Town and depart on the first leg of your journey. The first overnight stop will be on a small vineyard farm in the vicinity of the Cederberg Mountains. Grapes are produced for the local cellars and you have an opportunity to taste and buy some of the local wines in an optional wine tasting activity.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Wine Tasting
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Highlanders or similar:

Day 3

Trawal to Gariep River

Travel through the Northern Cape’s vast fields of wild flowers (in bloom between August and November) to the Namibian border. End the day with spectacular sunset views over the Gariep River.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Felix Unite or Similar:

Day 4

Gariep River to the Fish River Canyon

Enjoy a slow morning and sleep in or go on an optional canoe trip down the river. Later during the morning, we travel to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa. Explore the canyon rim on a short hike as the sun slips over the horizon to end your day of exploration.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Fish River Canyon
Activities Optional: Canoeing on Gariep River
Entrance Fees Included: Fish River Canyon


Hobas Campsite or similar:

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Day 5

Fish River Canyon to Sesriem

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Visit Sesriem Canyon PM
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Namib Naukluft National Park


Sesriem Campsite or similar:

Day 6

Sesriem to Boesman’s Camp

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. In the afternoon, you can join an optional guided walk during which you will explore these desert dunes and learn about the survival skills of many of the different inhabitants of the desert.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Dune 45 visit, 4×4 Transfer to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
Activities Optional: Guided Desert Experience PM
Entrance Fees Included: N/A


Boesmans Campsite or similar:

Boesmans Camp

Day 7

Boesman’s Camp to Swakopmund

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: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Skydiving etc
Entrance Fees Included: N/A


Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or similar:

Day 8

Swakopmund

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, 4×4 safaris, skydiving (weather permitting) and more.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Quad Biking, Sand Boarding, Skydiving etc
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day 9

Swakopmund to Brandberg (Uis Area)

We travel northeast to Brandberg which is home to Königstein, at 2,573m above sea level the highest peak in Namibia. At Brandberg we offer a variety of guided self-drive tours with our Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV). Enabling you to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the Brandberg area as well as experience the thrill of driving one of these customised vehicles. Tours are led by professional local guides and backup includes satellite phone communications and vehicle tracking.

We suggest booking the 4-hour White Lady Ultimate Adventure – a self-drive of fun and adventure. On this trip, you visit the famous White Lady Bushmen Painting. Around the lodge area, there is a great chance of seeing the famous desert elephant, sometimes casually wandering into the lodge premises.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Ultimate Adventure Tours, White Lady Bushmen Painting, Hikes
Entrance Fees Included: N/A



Brandberg White Lady Lodge or similar:

Day 10

Brandberg to Etosha National Park

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Game Drives in Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: Night Drives
Entrance Fees Included: Etosha National Park


Etosha Okaukuejo/Halali or similar:

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Day 11

Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full day’s game drive in your air-conditioned Adventure 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. Fall asleep with the haunting calls of hyena or a lion’s roar in the distance.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Game Drives in Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: Night Drives
Entrance Fees Included: Etosha National Park


Etosha Wildlife  

Day 12

Etosha National Park to Windhoek

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. This tiny capital town has loads of interesting things to offer. One of the most famous is the display of 33 meteorites, the Gibeon Meteorites in the Post Street Mall. Here you can take pictures of and touch these extra-terrestrial bodies that are corrosive resistant due to the high amount of nickel in them. Shopping opportunities abound and for the historically inclined there are many museums and historical buildings within walking distance in the town centre. One of the most widely photographed and a historical landmark is the Christ Church, a Lutheran church, built in the Gothic revival style.

Windhoek is the “getting on” and “getting off” hub for people who have booked shorter “legs” of your combo trip. You might lose some of your travel companions and new people might join. You might also have a change of vehicle and adventure crew (Tour Leader and Driver.) Although it might sound a bit daunting, please be assured that your vehicle will be the same standard and your adventure crew are very experienced in dealing with these changes to make it as smooth as possible. All adventure crew is committed to giving the best possible service but because all have their own style, own special recipes, and own passion with regards to culture, fauna and flora, geology etc. having a change of crew will broaden your experience on the trip immensely.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Explore City & Craft Market, Museums
Entrance Fees Included: N/A



Hotel Safari or similar:

Day13

Windhoek to Ghanzi

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
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: San (Bushmen) Dance PM
Entrance Fees Included: N/A


Ghanzi Trail Blazers or similar:

Day14

Ghanzi to Maun

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 will have the chance to kick back and relax at the campsite.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: San (Bushmen) Walk AM, Delta Flight PM
Entrance Fees Included: N/A


Island Safari Lodge or similar:

Day15

Maun (Okavango Delta)

Today you will experience a new way of travelling into the Okavango Delta with a mokoro, the same way as the local people do. You will be transferred to the ‘’polling’’ station either with a motorized boat or a 4×4 vehicle depending on the water levels of the Delta.
A mokoro is a traditional dug-out canoe that seats two people. The mokoro is steered by a ‘’poler” standing at the back, manoeuvring the mokoro downstream with a pole, very much like the gondoliers in Venice.
Once you are comfortable and laid back in your mokoro, the slow and tranquil journey into The Delta begins. Gliding along on the quiet water you will have an unlimited source of opportunities to take exquisite photos of your surroundings. The duration of the mokoro trail depends on the time of year and water levels of the Delta. You will stop for lunch at an island and enjoy a nature walk of a few hours. Then you head back to Maun, again in your mokoro enjoying the last hour or two on the water while the late afternoon sun starts heading for the horizon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Okavango Delta Day Trip – Mokoro Trail, Nature Walk
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Okavango Delta


Day16

Maun to Elephant Sands

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 most certainly be the closest you will get to these wild animals on foot.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A


Elephant Sands or similar:

Day17

Elephant Sands to Chobe River (Kasane)

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 is 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
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Chobe Boat Cruise
Activities Optional: Pangolin Photo Safari
Entrance Fees Included: Chobe National Park


Thebe River Safaris or similar:

Day18

Chobe River (Kasane) to Victoria Falls

Cross into Zimbabwe and enjoy a short drive to the magnificent Victoria Falls and its charming little town. 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
Accommodation: Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Chobe National Park Game Drive, White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A


Shearwater Village or similar:

Day19

Victoria Falls

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.

Victoria Falls is the “getting on” and “getting off” hub for people who have booked shorter “legs” of your combo trip. You might lose some of your travel companions and new people might join. You might also have a change of vehicle and adventure crew (Tour Leader and Driver.) Although it might sound a bit daunting, please be assured that your vehicle will be the same standard and your adventure crew are very experienced in dealing with these changes to make it as smooth as possible. All adventure crew is committed to giving the best possible service but because all have their own style, own special recipes, and own passion with regards to culture, fauna and flora, geology etc. having a change of crew will broaden your experience on the trip immensely.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A



Shearwater Village or similar:

 

Day20

Victoria Falls to Gwango (Hwange area)

After breakfast, we continue to Gwango situated just outside Hwange National Park, named after a local chief. This park is the largest park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometres. Look forward to an included afternoon open vehicle game drive. After dinner, you can go on an optional night game drive which will give you the opportunity to discover nocturnal animals such as porcupines, civet cats, genets and leopard.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Afternoon Game Drive Hwange
Activities Optional: Night Game Drive
Entrance Fees Included: Hwange National Park



Gwango Heritage Resort or similar:

Day21

Gwango (Hwange area) to Bulawayo

We head south towards Matobo National Park, which is at the Matobo or Matopos Hills, a scenic area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys. We overnight at Big Cave Camp, in preparation for a full day of activities on Day 22.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A



Big Cave Camp or similar:

Day22

Bulawayo (Matobo National Park)

Enjoy a day filled with the best that Matobo National Park offers, a guided rhino walk, and game drive bring you as close as possible with these ancient looking giants. Visitors to Matobo National Park regularly spot white and black rhino, sable antelope and impala among other wildlife. Return to Big Cave Camp after your exciting day and enjoy a sundowner while watching another spectacular African sunset.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Rhino Walk and Game Drive in Matobo National Park
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Matobo National Park


Day23

Bulawayo to Musina

We cross the Zimbabwe / South Africa Border and overnight at the Bolayi Game Lodge. The Lodge is situated in the Limpopo Valley, in the heart of the world`s largest concentration of Baobab trees, surrounded by fascinating granite outcrops in pristine bushveld vegetation.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Guided Bird and Wildlife Walks, Spa
Entrance Fees Included: N/A



Bolayi Game Lodge or similar:

Day24

Musina to Johannesburg

Our last night is spent in Johannesburg – South Africa’s largest city – also known as Egoli or The City of Gold, referring to the gold mining history of this fast-paced city.
Book a day or two post tour to make the most of your stay. A visit to Gold Reef City, the amusement park and museum built on an old mine shaft gives you the opportunity to experience a ride on the Shaft of Terror, a vertical-drop roller coaster known as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa due to its sheer 47-metre drop. For the historically inclined there is the ever-popular Soweto tour or just jump on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to discover Johannesburg at your own pace.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A



Airport Game Lodge or similar:

Day25

Johannesburg

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

Dates / Book Now!


We have designed this itinerary to ensure that you get the best possible experience from this tour and region. Please note that if the itinerary on your trip differs slightly from the online itinerary or brochure, be assured that any change has been made after careful consideration and with the goal to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Changes considered necessary will usually be due to change in service levels, road conditions, recommendations from past clients etc. The goal of any change will be to give an improved experience. You will be informed in writing of any major changes before your trip starts to keep you informed at all times and discuss any concerns you might have.

Some changes might also be totally out of our control, like changes in visa fees and procedures, available activities etc. and might differ to what we have advised on our website. If changes take place while you are on the road, our adventure crew will be informed immediately and this information will be conveyed to you. The adventure crew will give you all possible assistance to manage these changes. Africa4us Pty Ltd reserves the right to change or use similar accommodation.

If you need any additional information or need assistance with your booking, please don’t hesitate to contact us at +27 200 5767 or info@africa4us.com

 

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