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Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

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Trip code: 
AZV
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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
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Trip Notes

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Responsible Travel

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Depart London.

  • Day 2

    Start 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 we may take the opportunity to go up Table Mountain via cable car (optional). 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 Guest Houses or similar

  • Day 3

    Visit Table Mountain; afternoon wine tour.

    If we didn't make it up Table Mountain yesterday we will go this morning, driving first along the spectacular Chapman's Peak drive (please note, occasionally this drive is closed, and we will have to go around it), via Houtbay. Alternatively there may be time to visit Cape Point. In the afternoon we will 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Drive to the Olifants River Valley

    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 of the agricultural lifestyle of the Western Cape. (about 5hrs drive)
    Highlanders Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    To Orange River; afternoon optional canoeing.

    Today we drive to Orange River (5 hours + 1hr border 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 Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    To Fish River Canyon, the 2nd largest in the world; 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. We spend the night nearby at Hobas. (180km, 2.5-3hrs plus 1hr border crossing)
    Canyon Roadhouse Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    To Sesriem in the Namib Desert.

    A day's travel along the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem where we camp for the night. (550km, 8.5-9krs)
    Sesriem Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Full day exploring the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei.

    We will spend the morning at the Sossusvlei dunes, one of the great sights of Africa. It's worth getting up before sunrise to watch the early morning light creep over the dunes before we climb some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Alternatively, just enjoy the changing colours on the towering dunes from 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 before returning to our camp.
    Sesriem Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    To the Germanic town of 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)
    Dunedin Star Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    Free day to enjoy optional activities.

    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! Swakopmund has invented itself as Namibia's adventure sport capital. Alternatively explore the German-style town and visit some of the excellent cake shops for which Swakopmund is famous.
    Dunedin Star Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    To Twyfelfontein; visit Bushman paintings.

    We leave the Atlantic coast behind and head inland towards Twyfelfontein. This area has the highest concentration of Bushman engravings, some dating back 6000 years. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to explore the area and see some of these fantastic Bushman rock painting. (400km, 6-7hrs)
    Aba Huab Camp site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    To Etosha N.P.

    We drive north to Etosha National Park where some of the world's 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 rest camp where there will be a waterhole for game viewing at night. (300km, 4-5hrs)
    Etosha NWR Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 13-14

    Two days game viewing in Etosha and enjoyeing the floodlit watering holes.

    Time 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 NWR Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    To the Okavango Delta Panhandle.

    Long drive to the Okavango River at the panhandle of where the Delta begins. (650km, 8hrs)
    Rainbow River Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Mokoro (dugout canoe) ride on the Okavango River.

    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 17

    To Chobe N.P.

    Drive through the Caprivi Strip and into Botswana to Chobe National Park, home to huge numbers of elephant and hippo. (400km, 5.5-6hrs, border crossing 1hr)
    Thebe Safari Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 18

    Game drive and boat ride in Chobe N.P.

    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).
    Thebe Safari Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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)
    Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 20

    Free day to enjoy optional activities and visit the falls.

    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 (you will need a Zambian visa if you decide to cross over to see the falls on the other side).
    Victoria Falls Rest Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 21

    End Victoria Falls.

    The trip ends today, those on the group flights will be taken to the airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 22

    Arrive London.

    Arrive London.

Trip Notes

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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.

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Accommodation

Camps, Lodges & 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.

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2017
    Steve Scott

    Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

    This was a brilliant Holiday, although as we often said during the three weeks we were away, it was not so much a holiday, more an adventure!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to pick one moment, so I would pick two 1) Seeing elephants, giraffe, and crocodile etc etc etc so close you could almost reach out and touch them; 2) Victoria Falls - never seen anything like it before!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Endy, our group leader was brilliant - endlessly cheerful, always laughing, a fabulous cook, a skilled driver, a knowledgeable guide. His main concern was that we should enjoy our holiday/adventure and did everything he could to make this so.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you do this trip in August, bear in mind it will be cold at night and hot during the day, so pack accordingly. Also, take Dollars with you - they will be useful in Namibia, Botswana and definitely Zimbabwe.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was the best holiday I have ever had - you should do it!!
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Ray Baker

    Cape Town to Victoria Falls-Camping

    Full on trip, every day was an adventure.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The many sights along the way-animals, salt pans, sand hills and more sand. Vic Falls and Cape Hope at each end of the trip-and lots in between.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Endi and Colin were both excellent, good fun and very hard working, fine cook as well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some long days on the bus. Bit chilly early morning and late evening-take a good sleeping bag. The tents are easy to assemble but the camp beds need a bigger bag ! Take some spare items to give away-hats, shirts, pants...anything is welcome.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Group leaders made everything so easy and the rest of the group gelled so well.
  • Reviewed July 2017
    Greg Shaw

    Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

    A tremendous introduction to Southern Africa! If you aren't a particularly confident traveler or you've traveled the world several times over, this is the trip for you. With a dedicated crew who establish a relaxed feeling throughout the entire journey, this trip has something for everyone.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It has already been addressed in previous reviews, but the sheer variety and diversity on this trip was my highlight. Just read the trip notes - there is something for everyone. Those who love a thrill can take on the Namibian dunes quad-biking in Swakopmund. Fancy a boat trip? This holiday is jam-packed full of aquatic adventure! Alternatively, those who seek a more relaxed scene can enjoy a quiet evening by the bar, reading a book and observing the African wildlife. Whilst there are some structured activities, holiday-goers can cherry pick and manage their very own African adventure.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader (Justin), along with his team (Sam and Nyaha) are a 5-star crew. I couldn't ask for a better set of guys to help me travel across the African terrain. These guys not only do what is stated in the trip notes, but also what is above and beyond the call of duty. African holidays can sometimes get a reputation for being particularly 'hairy' at times, however these guys made it a smooth and relaxed journey throughout. Whilst they do indeed put up your tents for you, cook for you and hold your hands through the border crossings - it is their knowledge of the local area and respect for ethical tourism which makes them stand out.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Simply put, if you are considering an African holiday - go on this one! This trip can be enjoyed by both new nervous travelers and experienced adventurers. Whilst you shouldn't expect 5* accommodation, the tents and tent-beds provided have been some of the best I have used. Lastly, it can get quite chilly in the mornings, please bring some gloves and a hat!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Remember to give yourself enough time to get properly vaccinated and make sure there is enough space in your passport for all the border stamps ;)
  • Reviewed July 2017
    Hugh Barton

    A wonderful and varied trip

    What a wonderful three weeks. To travel all the way from cape Town to Victoria Falls and stop at so many great places en route was fantastic and we loved it all. OK, there are some long drives but these didn't feel long as we had plenty of 'comfort breaks' and so much to look at as we travelled. The seats in the bus were very comfortable and the leg-room was amazing, far better than on flights or coaches. The camp sites were good with hot showers (most of the time!) and a bar to relax in, while the team set up camp and got dinner ready. There are some early mornings but that is the best time to see animals and a good breakfast and hot drink soon gets you going.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This is very difficult. This trip offers a huge variety and really it is this very variety that is the highlight. We did and saw a lot everyday and almost every day was different. For example we went for a walk around the Cape of Good Hope and it was very exciting, the wind was strong and cold. When we were in the Sand Dunes it was dry and very warm. The river trips were cool and gentle and Victoria Falls were thunderous and simply stunning. We walked around the Falls one day and the next day we flew over them in a helicopter. We saw many animals and birds. Elephants walked across the road in front of us as did Zebras and Antelope. We loved every moment of our trip and would say to anyone considering it, to just book a trip and go.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a team of three looking after us - Justin, Sam & Nyasha - and they were wonderful. They worked incredibly hard setting up the camp when we arrived at each site and taking it down each day we moved on. They (well Sam mainly) cooked wonderful meals and they guided us through the various boarders. We had some long drives which they handled well (while we often slept in the bus) so they got up first, did all the work and driving, went to bed last and still remained cheerful, approachable and calm. Their efficiency and hard work, and their openness and humour, made us feel very relaxed and well cared for. We felt that whatever came up they could deal with it.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Cape Town and the west coast of South Africa & Namibia is cold during their winter months, at night and first thing in the morning, as are the early morning game drives - colder than we realised. I suggest you take a warm woolly hat and gloves.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Whatever the issues were previously with the bus (see earlier reviews) these have clearly been dealt with. On our custom-made vehicle the seats were very comfortable and provided a lot of leg room. There were small high sliding windows for ventilation and large picture windows that could be lowered for a better view & photographs. They all worked properly, as did the charging points at the front. Bearing in mind the distance travelled and the terrain being covered it was a great vehicle and well cared for.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Katherine Sandford

    Amazing adventure through fantastic scenery!

    I absolutely loved my trip from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. I went on the camping trip and I'm so glad I did, I had only camped in the UK before but I have already booked to go on the Gorillas and Masai Mara trip this year as I loved this one so much!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many, my favourite moments were: Walking on the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town Seeing the penguins at Boulders Beach Canoeing along the Orange River - This was hard work but worth it, the views were spectacular! Sunset at Fish River Canyon Sunrise from Dune 45 - This was spectacular and well worth the early start! Seeing Dead Vlei - This landscape needs to be seen to be believed! Seeing the endangered Black Rhino at the waterhole at our campsite in Etosha National Park. We saw another one on a game drive the next morning, too! Seeing plenty of hippos on our boat ride at the Chobe riverfront. Bungee jumping from the bridge at Victoria Falls - what a rush! Victoria Falls - What a spectacular end to the trip and I was there in the dry season!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Johannes was our leader, Robert was our chef and Richard our driver but we were told that they have all been leaders before. Robert was truly excellent, he cooked us up some lovely dishes and was always upbeat and cheerful. Everything was kept very clean and nobody on our trip fell ill. He even managed to make us a cottage pie with a crispy cheese topping, on a camp fire that is no easy job! Delicious :) Thank you Johannes, Robert and Richard for an amazing trip!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definitely go on the camping trip if you want to see sunrise from Dune 45. The campsite is within the park boundary meaning that you can be at the dune to see sunrise, otherwise you have to wait for them to open the park gates to enter and then you miss sunrise. This was my favourite moment of the holiday and I am so glad I was there to see it! I can recommend taking a second camera with you on the trip, I wish I had as my camera stopped working on our second day at Etosha. I'm not sure if it was sand that got into it or just general wear and tear as I had had the camera for 3 years. Luckily someone on the trip had brought along a spare which I could borrow and managed to great some great photos at Chobe and Victoria Falls.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The camping is great fun, just remember to take a proper pillow, I bought a small pillow designed for camping that was ideal. Go with the flow when you are there, it really is the trip of a lifetime!
  • Reviewed September 2016
    John Teal

    Cape Town to Victoria Falls -wow!!!

    The whole trip was full of adventure. With the ever changing scenery there was so much to see and do. Every day was exciting. The food cooked for us was excellent, how he achieved the great meals on a camp fire I will never know, just brilliant. Would recommend to anyone.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Very hard to pick just one moment there were so many every day something different, but the Sand dunes in Namibia was definitely a highlight. The game drives including the waterholes were fantastic so many animals I can't really believe The photos I've taken.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He took us smoothly through the different boarders and was happy to answer any questions. His happy relaxed attitude helped all people enjoy their holiday and he was able to communicate with all the tour members. The experience could have been enhanced by a little more information on the cultural aspects of each nation and on the day to day agenda of the tour, he would tell us but people had to ask first. I know things change quickly in Africa with regards to boarder crossing regulations and airport rules but at times he did not seem fully informed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is is cold in Cape Town you need warm clothes especially through the night don't be fooled thinking it will be warm. Take spare batteries/battery packs for electronic equipment as charging points are at a premium. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Driver - Joesph and cook Irvan/ Ivan were excellent and all the crew helped each other to make our holiday One to remember. For me the vehicle used, although it did not break down, was not really fit for purpose. Although there were enough seats they were narrow for such a long journey. The vehicle was dated and a number of things did not work e.g. A number of windows did not open and as you can imagine 12 people trying to take photos when their seat window does not open causes friction. Also the windows were either closed or full open which again caused problems as the adults sat at the back got blown away in order that those sat at the front got some air. The charging points on the vehicle were not working again causing problems for some travellers. I feel in Cape Town time to visit Table Mountain should be included in the itinerary ( not the admission price) we had to fit it in independently and we only had a very short time before the group moved on. The camp site near the fossilised wood and stone drawings was really inadequate. The facilities were very poor and I feel, and this was discussed at length in the group. that an alternative should be looked at.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank John for his feedback and we were delighted to read that he would recommend this trip to anyone. We were sorry to learn, however, that John did not feel the vehicle used was fit for purpose and that the Aba Huab Community Camp was inadequate. The truck used for this departure was typical of most overland trucks used in the region, so it was not anticipated that the group would not find the seats to be wide enough. We regret that John experienced issues with the windows and the plug sockets. We recognise that both the windows and sockets should have been in working order prior to the tour and we have made our local team aware of this feedback; we now, however, use a new type of vehicle specifically designed for travel in this part of Africa, combining reliability and comfort. Our stay the Aba Huab Community Camp is currently the most suitable option within the region and it supports the local community, therefore adhering to our responsible tourism policy; we appreciate that we are not going to be able to dramatically change local circumstances through tourism, however we feel by visiting local communities and creating jobs in this way, we do feel that we are playing a part in benefiting the local people.

    Tom Harari - Product Manager for Southern Africa

  • Reviewed September 2016
    Lynne Harris

    Cape Town to Victoria Falls

    We have just returned from this outstanding trip and are struggling to come back down to earth. If you want to experience the huge variety of landscapes, wildlife, and exhilaration that Southern Africa has to offer, then this is the trip for you (if you are willing to put up with some long drives).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Most days were inspirational but I will try to focus on some of the highlights. Seeing the 'big 5' and so many wild animals and birds at such close proximity was stunning. To see a white rhino only feet away from our truck, was beyond my wildest dreams! The variety of landscapes are also astonishing: from the cool chic and beauty of Cape Town and the Cape penininsula; the desert landscapes of the Sossusvlei sand dunes and Deadvlei (straight out of Dali); the seascape of Swakopmund (where we saw seals, dolphins and a hump-backed whale!) and the majesty of Victoria Falls. If you can swim, go white-water rafting on the Zambezi - it won't disappoint!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The team of three were excellent - excellent food (produced around the camp fire), safe driving and keeping this exhausting trip on schedule.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare yourself for some long drives (several books are required). Don't worry about money - there are lots of ATM stops along the route, where you can get Namibian Dollars (although the South African rand is usable in Namibia) and Botwanan Pula. Both are closed currencies, and are not available to get ahead of the trip. The campsites are very good (hot showers, some swimming pools, washing facilities - take a washing line) . Beer and wine (water and juice) are available to buy throughout the trip and you can store them in the cool box in the truck. Most days have very early starts, to take advantage of the daylight hours - don't expect any lie-ins! You will get some down time in some places - time to swim in the pool and chill - but not much! The optional extras are worth doing - go up Table Mountain - we chose the Dolphin Cruise in Swakopmund and the White Water Rafting in Victoria Falls - but the others on the trip had success with a great variety of activities (bungee jumping, giant swing, horse riding, helicopter rides, scenic rides, microlights, sand surfing, etc.) The companies who organise the trips are first class.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Have a wonderful time!
  • Reviewed January 2016
    Wendy Pountain

    Cape Town to Vic Falls camping Dec 2015

    Not the easiest trip for many reasons but nevertheless a well-paced opportunity to see some wonderful scenery and wildlife in a relatively short time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing all the wildlife we encountered, often at close quarters, including rare african wild dogs and black rhino. The dramatic thunderstorms and lightning display over the Okavango river. The game drive and cruise (including a great sunset) at Chobe were both wonderful - could happily have stayed another day there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tschepo certainly had his work cut out with all the incidents that happened - from driving while Siya our regular driver was ill, to attempting to patch up a broken window of the bus, to thinking on his feet when the rains came and flooded some of our tents, and coping with all our problems even when he too picked up the stomach bug many of us contracted in Etosha. It was clear that this was not an easy trip for him as many of these were situations new to him but he remained good humoured and personable and adapted our tour when necessary. We often needed a repeat of our next-day-instructions but soon realised that all the timings were for good reason and he simplified our movement across the borders very well which saved a lot of time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It sounds simple but do read the previous reviews and also the trip notes. Some of our group had not brought the currencies/medication advised. - Bring a cheap "twisted elastic" camping washing line with hooks (not suckers) on the ends - used mine every day, easily attached between the tents for airing and drying. - Bring a head torch as the campsites were not always lit at night. - Bring a diarrhoea kit with you, I'm glad I did! (I got one from the Nomad clinic which included antibiotics for extreme cases, as well as the usual Loperamide and rehydration sachets) Even though this is a fully-supported camping trip it's nice to help out with putting up/taking down tents or helping set out food/folding chairs etc. if you can. It's a long trip but is well-paced and manageable - just go the the flow! Don't worry about food we had one non-meat-eater (me) and one gluten-free on our trip and Enoch our cook coped admirably especially through the adverse weather conditions and sometimes remote locations of our campsites.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had only been camping occasionally in the UK and thought it would be uncomfortable on the mattresses provided but was pleasantly surprised. Note to Exodus - please amend trip notes to reflect that there is no flight exit fee for leaving South Africa (a nice bonus for those of us who had budgeted for it!) If you are thinking about booking just prepare as much as you can and then go for it!
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Elzbieta Kulisz

    Cape Town to Victoria Falls

    Beautiful jurney through Southern Africa!! However, long daily drives were tiring but scenery was worth to see.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I always wanted to spend some time in the desert and visit sand dunes of Namibia.....very memorable experience for me :)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I have travelled with Exodus few times and have never been disappointed with group leaders. Chris Pindani is one of them, he is fabulous leader. Together with Irvine, (our cook) and Shimony (driver) he created a team which looked exceptionally well after our needs during long drives and sites seeing. Chris's good sense of humour kept us smiling and his extensive knowlage made long drives interesting. He was available and open to all questions we had and tried to answer best he could or recommended best book from little library available on our travel truck. He always went extra mile to keep us happy and well informed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    this trip is definitely for outdoors and camping lovers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Any not included activities, specially in Victoria Falls, are very pricey.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Louise Todd

    Azv Cape Town to vic falls

    An amazing trip with lots of travel so be prepared for lots of long drives, early mornings and desert. This is made up for by the amazing sites of the animals, table mountain and vic falls. It would definitely be worth booking table mountain prior to your visit and you can skip the queue.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the lion walk in vic falls. This is an optional trip no longer supported by exodus but was amazing and I did a lot of research on the ethics before travelling. The animals were the highlight for me but don't expect to see as many as the likes of the Masai Maria or Kruger. The transport is a truck which is used for the game drives and not a 4x4 which is good to know before you travel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    It's amazing the effect a trip leader can have on your trip and some are definitely better than others. Our leader Innocent could have done a bit better with giving information.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definitely decide if this trip is for you with all the travelling. I upgraded to the single supplement for the camping and I'm so glad I did. It gives you room in the tent to sort your bag out as you are constantly packing and re-packing. I took rand and usd which was handy as rand were used for the trip all the way to Botswana which uses its own currency but is only 2 days. Vic falls uses dollars.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would double check details in the trip notes with a member of the exodus staff before you travel as they are not always accurate.

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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? 

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