Cape Town to Victoria Falls – Lodge departure
|Resort:||Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Lodge departure|
|Destination:||Africa, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe|
Explore sand dunes, canyons and waterfalls from South Africa to Zimbabwe through Namibia and Botswana.
Cape Town to Victoria Falls is one of the worlds great classic journeys.Starting from Cape Town, South Africas 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 Africas dramatic scenery, with rich culture, diverse wildlife and the opportunity to partake in numerous activities along the way.
* Cape Town, Africa’s most exciting city * Sossusvlei, the highest sand dunes in the world * Etosha NP with its fantastic wildlife * The Okavango River and Chobe NP * The mighty Victoria Falls
Day 1 Depart London.
Depart London. **
Day 2 Arrive Cape Town.
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. *Sweetest Gusethouses or similar*
Day 3 Visit Cape Peninsula; afternoon wine tour.
We generally begin todays 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! *Sweetest Guest Houses or similar*
Day 4 To Olifants River.
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) *Highlanders Lodge or similar*
Day 5 To Orange River; afternoon optional canoeing.
Today we drive to Orange River (5 hours +1 hourborder 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) *Felix Unite Cabanas or similar*
Day 6 To Fish River Canyon; afternoon walk.
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. *Canyon Mountain Camp / Canyon Lodge or similar* /* larger groups typically stay in two separate properties on this night due to the lack of accommodation options in the area – standards can vary and early bookers are assigned better rooms./
Day 7 To Sesriem.
A day’s travel along the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem where we stay overnight outside the park. (550km, 8.5-9hrs) *Little Sossus Lodgeor similar*
Day 8 Full day exploring Sossusvlei.
We will leave our lodge early to spend the morning at the Sossusvlei dunes, one of the great sights of Africa. Whilst we cannot enter the park till sunrise, the early morning light on the dunes is still a spectacular site and it is worth getting up for. Those feeling energetic will have the opportunity to climb Dune 45. We will enjoy a picnic breakfast at the dunes. We take a 2km walk into the Hiddenvlei area (optional one way shuttle transfer instead). 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. *Little Sossus Lodge or similar*
Day 9 To Swakopmund.
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) *D’avignon Hotel or similar*
Day 10 Free day to enjoy optional activities
Swakopmund has invented itself as Namibia’s adventuresportscapital, 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. *D’avignon Hotel or similar*
Day 11 To Brandberg; visit White Lady paintings.
We leave the Atlantic coast behind and head inland towards Namibias 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) *Brandberg Whilte Lady Lodge or similar*
Day 12 To Etosha N.P.
In the morning we drive north to Etosha National Park where some of the worlds 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 arriving at our camp where there will be a waterhole for game viewing at night.(400km, 5-6hrs) *Etosha Park Chalets or similar*
Day 13-14 Two days game viewing.
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. *Etosha Park Chalets or similar*
Day 15 To Okavango River.
Long drive through local villages to the Okavango River– themain watercourse supplying the Okavango Delta. (650km, 8hrs) *Rainbow River Lodge or similar*
Day 16 Mokoro (dugout canoe) ride on the Okavango.
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. *Rainbow River Lodge or similar*
Day 17 To Chobe River.
Drive through the Caprivi Strip and into Botswana to Chobe National Park area in Kasane, home to huge numbers of elephant and hippo. (400km, 5.5-6hrs, border crossing 1hr) *Kwalape Lodge or similar*
Day 18 Game drive and boat ride in Chobe N.P.
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). *Kwalape Lodge or similar*
Day 19 To Victoria Falls.
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) *Rainbow Hotel or similar*
Day 20 Free day.
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 (please note you will need a Zambian visa if you wish to go see the falls from the other side). *Rainbow Hotel or similar*
Day 21 Depart Victoria Falls.
End Victoria Falls. For those on group flights, these depart in the evening and will arrive in the UK the following day. **
Day 22 Arrive London.
Arrive London. **