Naukluft reserve, namibia

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Hotel/Lodge

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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.


  • 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

  • Hotel departures: 6 nights hotel/lodge, 3 nights guesthouse, 10 nights chalets
  • Camping and lodge departures available
  • Travel in a purpose-built overland truck
  • Some long drives

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 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

Responsible Travel

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  • 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 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 Gusethouses 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 the drive can, at times, be closed in which case we'll 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 Guesthouseor similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 of the agricultural lifestyle of the Western Cape. (about 5hrs drive)
    Highlanders Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    To Orange River; afternoon optional canoeing.

    Today we drive to Orange River (5 hours + 1 hr border corssing), 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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.
    Seeheim Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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)
    Canyon Mountain Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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.
    Canyon Mountain Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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.
    D'avignon Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    To Twyfelfontein; visit Bushman paintings.

    We continue inland to Damaraland, one of the most ruggedly beautiful areas of Namibia and a roaming area of the elusive desert dwelling elephant. We then visit Twyfelfontein where there are ancient and well-preserved rock-engravings. Local Damaras will guide us on a 30 minute rocky walk to see the rock-engravings. In the late afternoon, just before arriving at our destination, we'll visit the 260 million year old petrified forest. (400km, 6-7hrs)
    igowati Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    To Etosha N.P.

    In the morning 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 camp where there will be a waterhole for game viewing at night. (300km, 4-5hrs)
    Etosha Park Chalets or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 13-14

    Two days game viewing.

    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 Park Chalets or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 15

    To Okavango Delta Panhandle.

    Long drive through local villages to the Okavango River at the panhandle of where the Delta begins. (650km, 8hrs)
    Rainbow River Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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 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 boat ride 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 Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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).
    Kwalape Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 22

    Arrive London.

    Arrive London.

Essential Info


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.
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.
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.



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.


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.


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, 6 lunches, 9 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 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.

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. Lodge/Hotel departures offer an accommodated version of the camping trip, staying in a range of Standard and Comfortable Hotels/chalets/lodges ranging from 2 or 3 star. Breakfasts are usually eaten at the lodge restaurant, whilst lunches and a few dinners are typically prepared by the leaders and will be enjoyed in a camp-setting to give you the true open-air African experience. Some dinners will be eaten in lodge/hotel restaurants as well. Transport for all departures is in a specially modified safari vehicle with plenty of legroom and packing space. 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. Distances are long on some days as indicated per tripnote 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.


Lodges & Guesthouses

16 nights in a hotel or lodge and 3 nights in a guesthouse. We will stay in a range of properties, usually 2/3 star lodges or chalets. All rooms are en-suite throughout the trip and we upgrade to superior rooms in Etosha. The location of the accommodation means there are slight variations in the itinerary between the Lodge and Camping departures. 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. Single supplement available

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  • Reviewed May 2017
    Janet Dalby

    Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Lodge

    This was a fantastic trip. It involved a lot of driving through the virtually uninhabited desert of Namibia, along mainly unpaved 'corrugated' roads which provided a great deal of 'African massage'. Potential travelers should be prepared for this experience but the desert scenery is ever changing as are the colors. You certainly gain a very real appreciation for the size of the country. For me the first memorable activity was canoeing on the Orange River - so peaceful with amazing scenery! Fish River Canyon was also impressive. My only real complaint is that the Trip Notes mentioned that on Day 7 we would 'watch the early morning light creep over the dunes' at Sossusvlei. This proved to be impossible for two reasons - one is that the park gates do not open until 7:30 am (the sun rises at about 6 am) so it would be necessary to stay inside the park overnight, the second is that we had to drive about one hour passed the park to our lodgings, so adding two hours to our already considerable drive. We ended up climbing Dune 45 in the heat of the mid-day sun. Still an incredible (and very memorably hot) experience but definitely not what we had been lead to believe. Etosha National Park exceeded all expectations - especially at the water hole at Halali where we saw two families of elephants, rhinoceros and a leopard! Also a couple of honey badgers. Of course on safari we saw impala, zebra, giraffe, kudu, oryx, ostrich and many, many birds. Okavango Panhandle overwhelmed us with hippos. Chobe National Park also provided great safaris, hippos and many, many male elephants feeding at a reed bed in the middle of the Chobe River at sunset. Not to mention more birds. We were upgraded to a 5 star hotel in Victoria Falls and the Falls definitely lived up to their reputation.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The wildlife in general, the Halali water hole and the elephants in the middle of the Chobe River in particular. Also the Sossusvlei Dunes. We stayed at some really remote lodges in the middle of the desert.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nyasha and Sam were great leaders. It seemed they never stopped working - they shared the driving and the cooking and clean up duties, loaded and unloaded the luggage, fixed a flat tire and dealt with a vehicle that was swallowing oil at an alarming rate and had to be exchanged for another mid-trip, as well as dealing with our sometimes high maintenance fellow travelers. They seemed to have encyclopedic knowledge of the flora and fauna They always managed to be cheerful and patient with positive outlooks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are looking for a real African experience and have a spirit of adventure then this trip is for you. If you need to be pampered and enjoy lot of luxuries then perhaps you should pay more and choose another trip! If you decide to go, I would recommend you take the south to north option as the trip just gets better and better every day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I feel there should have been at least one more leader/driver/cook. I have no idea how Nyasha and Sam managed to hold it all together and they would never have been permitted to put in such long hours driving in the western world. There was a maintenance problem with this bus - I know this is a fact of life but it would have been good if the exchange of vehicles could have been made easier for everyone concerned.

Dates & Prices

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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