Dead Valley in Namibia

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping Reverse

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Trip code: 
AZVR
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Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

An adventure through the heart of southern Africa's dramatic scenery in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

Cape Town to Victoria Falls is one of the world’s great classic journeys. From South Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, Cape Town, this trip goes through Namibia's spectacular desert landscape, wildlife-rich game parks, one of the largest inland deltas on Earth, in 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 thrown into the mix.

Highlights

  • Cape Town, Africa's most exciting city
  • Sossusvlei, the highest sand dunes in the world
  • Etosha NP with its fantastic wildlife
  • The Okavango Delta Panhandle and Chobe NP
  • The mighty Victoria Falls

Key information

  • 15 nights full-service camping, 2 nights lodge, 2 nights guesthouse
  • Camping and lodge departures available
  • Travel in a purpose-built overland truck
  • Some long drives

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Start Victoria Falls

    Those on the group fligths will be taken to the campsite upon arrival. Those not on the group flight can join the group at anytime today.

    Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar

  • Day 3

    Victoria Falls

    Today you have a free day and you can choose from scenic flights, white water rafting and game-viewing amongst others. Victoria Falls is a small town on the Zimbabwean side of the glorious Victoria Falls which you can visit (entrance own expense US$ 30).

    Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    To Chobe National Park, Botswana

    Today we transfer to Kasane in Botswana, home to huge numbers of elephant and hippo. Optional afternoon game drive. (150km, 1-2hrs plus border crossing 1-2hrs).

    Thebe River Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Chobe National Park

    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 great home for them.

    Thebe River Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Okavango Pandhandle

    We drive through the Caprivi Strip to our camp by the Okavango River. (400km, 5-6hrs plus border crossing 1hr)

    Rainbow River Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Okavango Pandhandle

    We take a mokoro (traditional dug‐out canoe) ride from our camp on the Okavango River to a point lower down in the panhandle of the Delta. (Please note that in March/April, the river may be flooded and we may have to substitute our mokoros for a boatride down river). 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. The panhandle of the Delta is more open so it is good for game viewing and we are four times more likely to see hippo and crocodile in this area than lower down in the Delta. We also have the option of a village tour to meet the local community.

    Rainbow River Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    To Etosha NP

    Today there's a long drive from the Okavango River to Etosha National Park, a huge area of 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. With a little patience 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, weaverbirds and hornbills in the trees. (650km, 8hrs)

    Etosha NWR Campsite or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 9-10

    Etosha NP

    We have the next two days to really enjoy this fabulous park, starting with an early morning game drive. 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 NWR Campsite or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Twyfelfontein

    Depart for Twyfelfontein where there are ancient and well-preserved rock-engravings. (300km, 4.5hrs)

    Aba Huab campsite

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    To Swakopmund

    We drive towards the Skeleton Coast and the Germanic town of Swakopmund. Overnight in Swakopmund. (400km, 6-7hrs)

    Dunedin Star Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Swakopmund

    A full day in Swakopmund to enjoy some of the optional adventure activities on offer; quad biking, sand boarding, dolphin watching and flights over the desert are all possible. Alternatively explore the town and visit some of the excellent cake shops for which it is famous.

    Dunedin Star Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Sesriem

    Drive via Walvis Bay to Sesriem, through the Namib Desert. This area is home to some of the driest and oldest deserts on earth and some of the finest desert scenery in Africa, if not the world, with towering jagged rock formations and incredible lunar landscapes. (300km, 4.5hrs)

    Sesriem Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    Sossusvlei

    Full day to enjoy the sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon. Sossusvlei dunes are one of the great sights of Africa. We get up early to watch the morning light over the dunes and then have a go at climbing some of the highest dunes in the world! If you'd rather watch from below you'll enjoy seeing the changing colours on the towering dunes 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.

    Sesriem Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 16

    To Fish River Canyon

    We'll leave early this morning to drive to the Fish River Canyon. (500km, 8.5‐9hrs)

    Canyon Roadhouse Camp similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 17

    Fish River Canyon and Orange River

    Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon on earth. The views along the canyon rim are spectacular ‐ we take a short walk around the rim before continuing our journey to Orange River. (180kms, 2.5‐3hrs plus border crossing 1hr), this afternoon we should be able to have a
    canoe trip on the Orange River.

    Bushwacked or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 18

    To Olifants River

    Today we head to our final stop before reaching Cape Town as we head to the fertile Olifants River Valley, giving us a glimpse of the agricultural lifestyle of the Western Cape. (about 7hrs drive)

    Highlanders Camp Site

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 19

    To Cape Town

    Morning relaxing at Olifants River Valley. In the afternoon we travel through farmlands of citrus, maize, cattle and sheep before arriving at our destination, Cape Town. (300km, 4.5‐5.5hrs)

    Sweetest Guesthouse or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 20

    Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula

    Activities available in Cape Town on days 19 and 20 are interchangeable depending on the weather, as everything hinges around going up Table Mountain (optional) on a clear day. Table Mountain is often the first image that springs to mind whenever one thinks of Cape Town. We will visit the mountain by cable car (optional) for views across the city. There is also time in Cape Town to drive via the spectacular Chapman's Peak to Houtbay, and visit Cape Point to see the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

    Sweetest Guesthouse or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 21

    End Cape Town

    The area surrounding Cape Town is famous for its wine and we will get a chance to sample some of the local produce during a visit to a wine farm. Those on group flights will be transferred to the airport this afternoon and other clients are free to make their own arrangements.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 22

    Arrive London

    Arrive London

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Botswana
Currently British and Commonwealth and European passport holders do not require visas for Botswana.
If you are transiting through South Africa and are a non UK passport holder you may require a transit visa. Please check before travelling.
Namibia
Visas for Namibia are not required for UK or Commonwealth passport holders. Other nationalities should check before travelling.
Please ensure you have a one full blank page in your passport.
If you are transiting through South Africa and are a non UK passport holder you may require a transit visa. Please check before travelling.
South Africa
British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.
Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.
If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

Zimbabwe
Most nationalities, including British require a visa to visit Zimbabwe. This can be obtained from the Zimbabwean Embassy in London or on arrival in Zimbabwe. The current charge for a single entry visit visa issued on arrival in Zimbabwe is £35.00 or US$55.00, although this could change. If you have not obtained a visa before travelling, you should bring enough cash with you to pay for your visa on arrival. You should ensure you have small notes as immigration officers may not be able to provide change.
Zimbabwe and Zambia now have a shared visa known as UNIVISA which permits to travel in both countries on the same visa.

Vaccinations

Botswana

Vaccination against Yellow Fever is necessary if you are coming from a country with Yellow Fever (which includes Zambia), and you must bring a valid certificate of vaccination. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Namibia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

South Africa

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zimbabwe

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners

We suggest you allow about US$150 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.

Weather

The Southern Hemisphere essentially has the opposite weather to the UK. The summer months of June, July and August, whilst clear and warm during the day, can drop down to single figures and even below freezing at night. Between September and May it is considerably warmer with the time between October and March being the hottest, getting up to the high 30sºC and sometimes above. However it is always a dry heat and the temperature does drop at night. The wet season is between November and February, but this is not a bad time to go, as it generally does not rain for very long.

Cape Town

Cape Town

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Is this trip for you?

We run both Camping and Lodge/Hotel departures for this trip, both following a very similar itinerary.

Some of the camping departures (29 Apr, 30 Jun, 20 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov, 15 Dec 2018 and all departures in 2019) are participatory camping departure. This means that you are expected to help out by putting up and taking down your own tent and camping gear and carry your own bags to/from the bus. The rest of the camping chores, however, such as cooking and cleaning are done by the crew. Other camping departures in 2017 and 2018 are fully supported, including the putting up and taking down of tents. This means that you can, of course, assist in putting up/taking down your own tent to help expedite setting up/taking down camp, but don’t have to.

We will be camping everywhere except Swakopmund and Cape Town, in well-equipped campsites that are common to Southern Africa. Please note, however, that whilst camping in Africa is one of the best ways to experience this amazing continent, some people may find camping almost every night for 3 weeks quite tiring, especially considering the long distances covered on this trip.

Transport for all departures is in a specially modified safari vehicle. All vehicles carry a reference library, fridge and/or icebox. By keeping the group size deliberately small we are able to maximise the exposure to the great African wilderness. Surfaced roads in Namibia are good, but we will be driving on dirt roads for a few days, which can be bumpy in places and are not always very well maintained or not regularly re-graded. Distances are long on some days as indicated per trip note days as this 21 day trip is 5000km long but takes in an amazing variety of landscapes from desert to delta and wildlife with scenic views.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Camps, Lodge & Guesthouses

You will spend 15 nights camping, 2 nights in a lodge and 2 nights in a guesthouse. We stay in basic hotels/guesthouses whilst in Cape Town and Swakopmund. The accommodation we use in Cape Town is either situated in the centre of town or in the surrounding area of the V & A Waterfront. Because accommodation is very oversubscribed we cannot always guarantee a particular lodge or hotel, but in Cape Town we will stay within walking distance of restaurants and it'll be easy to catch a taxi ride to the V & A Waterfront. We will be camping in two-person tents throughout the rest of the safari. Camping is undeniably the best way to experience Africa and fixed campsites in South Africa and Namibia are particularly well cared for, clean, tidy and with facilities of a reasonable standard. Some of these campsites have swimming pools. It is possible that up to two nights are spent rough camping.

Some of the camping departures (29 Apr, 30 Jun, 20 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov, 15 Dec 2018 and all departures in 2019) are participatory camping departure. This means that you are expected to help out by putting up and taking down your own tent and camping gear and carry your own bags to/from the bus. The rest of the camping chores, however, such as cooking and cleaning are done by the crew. Other camping departures in 2017 and 2018 are fully supported, including the putting up and taking down of tents. This means that you can, of course, assist in putting up/taking down your own tent to help expedite setting up/taking down camp, but don’t have to.

All communal camping gear is provided, including spacious igloo tents, thick foam mattresses and folding stools. You will need to take your own sleeping bag. Wifi is available about half the time but not always very reliable. Single supplement available

Please note that due to the limited amount of accommodation within Etosha National Park, it may be necessary to sleep outside the park on some or all of the nights that we are there. This will not impact on the number of game drives that we have within the park.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2017
    Louie Tham

    Great Varied Trip

    Great trip if you want a combination of wildlife and scenery. The camping was comfortable, campsites generally good, some suberbly located.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sesriem Sand Dunes, Vic Falls helicopter flight, Chobe evening game drive where we saw lions,giraffes,elephants, hippos,impalas, springboks, baboons, amongst others in 3 hours !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andrew was terrific : made the trip that much more enjoyable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Previous advice about a washing line with hooks was very useful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    just do it - southern Africa in all it's glory.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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