View of Victoria falls from a helicopter

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

20 days
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Traveller ratings:
4.4 / 5 from 25 reviews
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
AZV
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
6–14
Min age:
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. Starting from Cape Town, South Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, this trip travels through Namibia's spectacular desert landscape, wildlife-rich game parks in Namibia and Botswana and finally to the mighty Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. This is an adventure through the heart of southern Africa’s dramatic scenery, with rich culture, diverse wildlife and the opportunity to partake in numerous activities along the way.

Highlights

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

Key information

  • 15 nights camping, 2 nights lodge, 2 nights guesthouse
  • Camping and lodge departures available
  • Travel in a purpose-built overland truck
  • Some long drives on rough roads and early starts
  • Countries visited: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 7 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:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made 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

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company.

Our local partner supports the Save our Sausage Trees initiative in Botswana, which aims to address the issue of depleting forests in the area. The Mokoro is a traditional mean of transport for the people of the Okavango Delta which is crafted out from a single mature Kigelia Africana tree (or sausage tree). Although increased tourism brings some obvious benefits to the area, it has also caused a higher demand for Mokoro boats. A normal wooden Mokoro only lasts for about 5 years hence, hundreds of sausage trees are used per year to meet the increasing demand. Realising that wooden mokoros are not sustainable in the long run, our local operator consulted the Okavango community and have agreed to fund half the cost of a fiberglass mokoro whenever a poler decides to purchase it in order to minimise the number of trees used.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    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 there may be the opportunity for an optional excursion up Table Mountain via cable car. Table Mountain is often the first image that springs to mind whenever one thinks of Cape Town – the views across the city on a clear day are incredible. If the weather is not good enough this will be a free afternoon, with the opportunity to explore the famous V & A Waterfront.

    Sweetest Guest Houses or similar

  • Day 2

    Visit Table Mountain; afternoon wine tour.

    If we didn’t have the opportunity to make it up Table Mountain yesterday then we another chance 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 we will time going up Table Mountain for 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 3

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

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    To Orange River; afternoon optional canoeing.

    Today we drive to Orange River (5 hours + 1 hour 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 5

    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 6

    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 7

    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 8

    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
  • Day 9

    Free day to enjoy optional activities.

    Swakopmund has invented itself as Namibia's adventure sports capital, and we have a full day in Swakopmund to enjoy some of the optional adventure activities on offer; go on a dolphin cruise or township tour or take a flight over the desert! Alternatively, explore the German-style town and visit some of the excellent cake shops for which Swakopmund is famous.
    Dunedin Star Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    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 paintings. (400km, 6-7hrs)
    Aba Huab Camp site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    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 reaching 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 Dinner
  • Days 12-13

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

    We have two days to really enjoy this fabulous park with its mixed forest and grassland centred around a large salt pan. Etosha is home to a great variety and number of game, which is easy to find as the animals congregate at different times around the waterholes. There are waterholes next to the excellent campsites, and it is not uncommon for us to spend all night watching a gala performance of animals: wildebeest, zebra, impala, springbok, kudu, elephant, giraffe, lion and even rhino are all common sights here. Take plenty of patience and you will be rewarded by one of the greatest game spectacles in Southern Africa. Etosha is also a good place for birds, with plenty of waterbirds on the lakes and weaverbirds and hornbills in the trees. While in Etosha we move our camps (between Okaukuejo, Halali or Namutoni) but the itinerary is kept flexible depending on where the game is.
    Etosha NWR Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 14

    To the Okavango River.

    Long drive to the Okavango River - the main watercourse supplying the Okavango Delta. (650km, 8hrs)
    Rainbow River Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Mokoro (dugout canoe) ride on the Okavango River.

    We take a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) ride from our camp on the Okavango River. Please note that in March/April, the river may be flooded and we may have to substitute our mokoros for a boat ride. The birdlife is prolific and, at certain times of the year, so is the game. Gliding through the waterways by mokoro is the ideal way to absorb the sheer peace and tranquillity of the place. We also have the option of a village tour to meet the local community. 
    Rainbow River Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 16

    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 Lunch Dinner
  • Day 17

    Game drive and boat ride in Chobe N.P.

    Today we have an early morning game drive in Chobe National Park and an afternoon boat ride on the Chobe River where it is possible to view huge herds of elephant coming down to drink as well as many other types of game. For bird lovers, the river provides a home for the majestic African Fish Eagle and a number of species of brightly coloured bee-eaters. The area surrounding the Chobe River typically has the highest concentration of wildlife within the park as animals congregate here, particularly in the dry season (April to October).
    Thebe Safari Camp Site or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 18

    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
  • Day 19

    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 20

    End Victoria Falls.

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

    Meals included: Breakfast
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.

Please be aware that children under the age of 18 must provide a full birth certificate (a short one won’t be accepted) as well as a valid passport. If the child is travelling with only one parent or with another adult, the missing parent (or parents) will have to provide an affidavit giving their consent for the child to travel. If flying via S. Africa you may have to pass immigration between flights and the same regulation is needed for entry into S. Africa.

 

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. Please note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there. New regulations, as of the 1 Oct 2014, mean that children under 18 will have to have an unabridged birth certificate showing the names of both parents. If the child is travelling with only one parent they will need to have an affidavit from the other parent, of no more than 3 months, 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.


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 but it is a lot easier to get it 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.

If you plan on visiting Zambia as well then there is the UNIVISA (a shared visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia) that will allow you multiple entries into Zimbabwe.

Please note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there. New regulations, as of the 1 Oct 2014, mean that children under 18 will have to have an unabridged birth certificate showing the names of both parents. If the child is travelling with only one parent they will need to have an affidavit from the other parent, of no more than 3 months, 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.

Vaccinations

Botswana

Vaccination against Yellow Fever is necessary if you are coming from a country with Yellow Fever, 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, 7 lunches, 12 dinners

We suggest you allow about US$170 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.

All of the camping departures involve participatory camping. This means that you are expected to help with 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.

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. 80% of Namibian roads are good gravel roads. However, the road conditions are completely dependent on how they are being maintained at the time and on occasion conditions can be poor. This can have an impact on journey times as well as comfort, and can be punishing on the vehicles. Distances are long on some days as this 21 day trip is 5000km long, but it does take in an amazing variety of landscapes from desert to swampland and wildlife with scenic views. Drive times below are only approximations and do vary with road conditions and the number of stops.

Where we travel to in South Africa is safe, and the risk of crime is generally low. However, there are important steps that can be taken to minimise the risk of theft and these include leaving valuables in your hotel's safe, at home, or concealed in the vehicle when not needed. Do not carry more cash than you need, as cards are widely accepted in South Africa. If using an ATM, do not do this alone and be mindful of your surroundings. It is not advisable to walk around after dark, particularly in the city of Cape Town where you can easily and inexpensively take an Uber, or ask your hotel to arrange a taxi.

Legal Note: all group members joining this tour will be asked to sign an indemnity form at the start of the holiday. This indemnity form is a requirement of the South African Tourism Service Association which our local supplier is a member of. As a client of Exodus Travels Ltd, your rights under the Package Travel Regulations (1992) are unaffected, and Exodus remains liable for the actions of our sub-contractors.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made 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, 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.

All of the camping departures involve participatory camping. This means that you are expected to help with 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.

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:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made 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.

Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made 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.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed February 2019
    Janeen Olsen

    Perfect relaxing holiday. Sit back and take in the views!

    I had initially signed up for the trip because it fit my travel schedule and I wanted to see the African scenery and animals, but I got so much more from the experience. I was amazed at how striking the landscapes were as we traveled through different geological features, deserts, rock formations, bush, jungles, and waterfalls. It seemed every 100 miles the views were changing. Even though the drives between camping sites were sometimes long, I was never bored. The animal drives did not disappoint, and to see a pride of lions in the natural environment is a moment that will stay with me forever. But beyond what I was looking at, I also felt I was able to relax, have fun, let my guard down, and just be in the moment.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Viewing the animals up close, a hippo gracefully gliding into the water, a male lion gently playing with his 3 cubs, several giraffes awkwardly bending to reach the water, black rhinos at night at the waterhole. And zebras, and baboons, and so many birds I can't remember them all. Just a few of the memories I will cherish forever. So many sunrises and sunsets that took my breath away. The most surprising for me was Namibia because I really didn't have a good impression of the country before the trip and I didn't know what to expect. I was amazed at the variety of the desert landscapes. The enormous gorge of the Fish Canyon, the blinding white sands of the Etosho pan, the magical red sand dunes we slid down, it was amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our 3 leaders were Jonathan, Andy and Sylvia. Each one was terrific in their own way. As one of the older, single travelers in the group, they really made an extra effort to look out for me and make sure I was comfortable. I had mentioned that I loved to start the morning with coffee just as soon as I woke up. Every morning afterwards Andy was up early and had the hot water going so I could have my morning coffee as soon as I emerged from my tent. I mentioned that I was having trouble with the zipper on my tent, the next thing I know Jonathan gave me his tent to use instead. When we put up and took down our tents, one of the guides always miraculously appeared to help me. Sylvia has a wealth of knowledge on the plants and animals and as she rode back with us, could answer our questions as we travelled. Perhaps the only advice I have for the guides is that sometimes they would give us a lot of instructions for the next day, times to be ready, things to bring, etc. that it was easy to forget some of the details and to be sure to remind travelers often.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring the best camera you can afford and know how to use. The opportunities for photographs are unbelievable. I left wishing I could have captured the animals better than I was able with my iPhone but fortunately some of my fellow travelers shared their photos after the trip. Bring a pillow and light blanket or sleep sack. Many nights my sleeping bag felt a little too warm and I was glad I had a light sleep sack with me. I used the laundry at the campsite but not all my clothes made it back to me. It is better to bring slightly older, worn clothes and shoes and gift them at the end of the trip instead of bringing expensive clothes. Bring US dollars for Zimbabwe. Coming from the US I had plenty with me but some of the other travelers were scrambling to get them in Namibia because the ATMs in Zimbabwe had run out of dollars. I had purchased an electrical plug for South Africa, but a UK type was needed for Zimbabwe and I could not charge while camping there. The vehicle as USB outlets so it wasn't a huge problem while we were on the road, but for charging devices I also found my external batteries invaluable. Wifi was available but slow, and even though I had a data plan, cell coverage was spotty and slow. I wish I had downloaded more audio books as reading on the vehicle made me carsick. Budget for activities in Victoria Falls as there is not much to do if you don't book tour activities. I did the white water rafting and helicopter ride, as well as evening dinner cruise and others in our group did everything from village tours, lion adventure and bunging jumping. All were fantastic. Finally, as for dietary restrictions, be very specific about what you do and don't eat. As an (almost) vegan I found they were able to cook for me without any difficulty and I ate very well on the trip, but the guides can't be expected to know what everyone will or will not eat unless you tell them in advance. So if you don't like fish, bones in food, mushy food, spicy food, processed foods, or mayonnaise, etc. just let them know in advance.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I am really glad I did this trip and would recommend it as a leisurely way of seeing a lot of southern Africa. I was spoiled with a relatively small group of friendly travelers and our vehicle (named George), was roomy and we each had a window seat. Larger groups may not find the vehicle quite as comfortable. Expect long, relaxing drives looking out the window and admiring the views, and don't expect a lot of physical activity on the trip. If you want to see African animals is the wild, this trip is for you.
  • Reviewed January 2019
    Tracey Lawrence

    It's not a holiday , it's an adventure!

    5421in across 5 countries (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia). Cites, deserts, seaside destinations, vineyards and grasslands, national parks, rivers, waterfalls, boats, animals, birds, tents up, tents down, canyons, massive insects, being dirty, early rises for stunning sunrises and view points for reflecting the day as sunsets, incredible storms, an amazing group......it was one hell on an adventure!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I just embraced the whole experience. Seeing lions again close up was just as exciting as the first time 6 years ago. The size and powerful spectacular Victoria Falls was breath taking and I recommend the helicopter flight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had 3 leaders to 7 of us doing cooking and driving. All the leaders were friendly but Andy stood out doing the majority of cooking and driving. He was also great at animal spotting . My only comment would be that the guides did not talk much about the countries history and the people. Sylvia did open up when asked a question and was very knowledgeable, Jonathan came alive at Victoria Falls which was his home...just wish he had been that talkative and passionate throughout the trip. All meals in camp were varied and very tasty. They catered for all appetites and I couldn't fault the food prepared in camp and lunch on the road..... Just don't mention the mayonnaise 😂.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Comfy clothes for long drives. Our truck had plenty of USB charge points for devices. High strength deet. Expect to be dirty 😊 although facilities at all camp sites were sufficient. Whilst you are expected to put your tent up and down, we had a great group and all helped each other, as well as Jonathan and Andy our guides lending a hand. Take US dollars for Zimbabwe before you leave. No safety deposit on truck to use so we had to carry passport and valuable s at all times despite previous trips having had a safe box for use.our Expect early starts. the trip lacked engagement with people and culture.....but plenty of dramatic landscapes and wildlife.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Embrace and enjoy this adventure.....it was awesome!
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Maggie Murfitt

    Fully Supported Camping

    The trip itself is absolutely wonderful I will definitely go back to South Africa. However, our crew didn’t give us a Fully Supported Camping service. We were expected to ‘help’ which meant that couples were expected to do their own. I was on my own after paying for a single supplement which meant they left me until other holiday makers helped (or did) my tent for me. That really upset me and made me feel guilty. I am not lazy, I am 60 years old and I had NO intention or expectation of having to do my own tent, that’s why I booked the Fully Serviced trip. Other than that the food was good and pleantyful. The tents and ‘off the ground’ beds were really comfortable and it was a truly remarkable, fantastic trip. The optional activities pricing on the trip notes needs updating so bring some extra dosh.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the animals in their natural habitat. Etosha was fantastic and Chobe was brilliant.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Extra dosh for the optional. Zimbabwe has a bit of a cash problem so get your dollars before you get there. When we crossed the bridge to Zambia to see the falls from tha5 side the people were asking us for pens, pencils and paper for the children so if you have any room in your bag please bring some for them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Drink gallons of water! None of us had any tummy problems from the food but heat exhaustion will make you really sick if you don’t drink enough and take in extre salt. Other than what I have said, I’m sure you will have a brilliant experience in Africa.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Maggie for her feedback, although we are sorry she was expected to pitch and break down her own tent, as her trip was booked on as a fully serviced camping tour.  We would like to offer our sincere apologies for any upset or embarrassment this caused.  We have discussed this with our local team.  We would also like to assure anyone considering joining this trip in the future that from 2019 all departures will be run on a ‘participatory’ basis.  It is our hope that this will ensure that other customers do not encounter similar uncertainty or disappointment, and this will also have the benefit of allowing the trip to be run more efficiently and with less time spent at camp in the mornings and evenings.

     

    We will be reviewing the information provided regarding the prices for optional activities and expect these to be reflective of the local costs by the time the 2019 season starts.  Regrettably, while we endeavour to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information, these can change with little notice.  We are, however, genuinely sorry that Maggie’s experience was not so positive.  John Penge- Product Manager

  • Reviewed October 2018
    Ann Sambrook

    An amazing journey

    This is an amazing journey through different climates as you head due north into the sun. A stunning landscape which is continuously changing plus amazing encounters with animals and birds in the parks. Even in our tents at night we were entertained by the sounds of elephants, hippos and night jars and in Victoria Falls the distant thundering of the falls. Towards the end of the trip you can also engage with locals.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many inspirational moments. Standing on top of the Big Daddy Dune, rhinos illuminated by a waterhole at night, elephants playing in water, the best apple crumble in the middle of the desert. A loo with an amazing view over the Fish River Canyon, Hippos in the night, Vic Falls in the first light of the morning, Quad biking in the dunes at Swakopmund, birds, birds and more birds, Helicopter over the Falls,.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guides, led by Justin, worked incredibly hard to ensure we could enjoy the journey.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We were never hungry (Justin was a great cook), we slept well (stretcher beds with mattresses) and there were frequent comfort breaks even if there were no facilities only a “bushi bushi “ and the desert does not always have those! We were with a great bunch of people who were all prepared for the conditions and developed a good camaraderie. We took South African Rand with us which was also accepted throughout Namibia, one for one. In Zimbabwe any currency is accepted as they don’t have their own. US dollars is easiest . You need USD cash for the border visa and for anything the guide takes you to as a group, although credit cards are widely accepted. But we could not obtain cash anywhere, even directly from the banks. Optional extras at Victoria Falls not to be missed – afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel, really good value with stunning views of the distant “smoke” from the falls and the sinking sun changing colours, the Outlook café for snacks and meals with stunning views and the screams of zip liners! At Vic Falls in late August the Devil’s pool and boiling pot hike were not available as the water was still too high at 35% of full capacity. There is so much to do and see here, and you won’t want this trip to end – we stayed on a couple days at the Vic Falls rest camp.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our only disappointment was that one of the highlights, as per the trip notes, had not been booked – the 3 nights inside the national park to see animals at the waterhole at night time. However, our guide told us about this en route and a contact direct to Exodus did ensure we had one night at a waterhole. Something worth confirming in advance as this highlight is not to be missed. Not only does it mean you can see animals at night but also you are already well inside the park in the morning to catch early sightings.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Greg Monahan

    A wonderful/difficult, stunning/arduous, inspirational/uncomfortable Adventure!

    This was my seventh Exodus tour. It was a trip with stunning sights--the Cape of Good Hope and Table Mountain, the dunes of the Namib desert, the incredible animals of Etosha and Chobe Parks, hippos and crocs along the Chubango River, the magnificent Victoria Falls. But this trip is not for those looking for an easy tour. The drives are long and sometimes exhausting. Tent camping is not for everyone, and there is a lot of it, and the bus for this particular trip was not appropriate--too small for a group of 16 plus 3 guides and associated equipment with no heat and no ac. Our guides (Andrew, Skoo, and Innocent) were wonderful--hard working, knowledgeable, and deeply devoted to our well-being. We also had an amenable group, and that's important, because we were in fairly close quarters to each other on this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing four lions come out of the bush toward a waterhole in Etosha Park teeming with other animals, only to see those animals part like the Red Sea to make room for their feared predators. Blasting through a stage five rapid on the lower Zambezi River. Catching magnificent African sunsets.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andrew was always working very, very hard. He was friendly, tolerant, incredibly knowledgeable, and devoted to making sure we had the best trip possible.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A good headlamp is essential as are wet wipes (packed in a ziplock bag to make sure they don't dry out). In early September, South Africa isn't just cool, it's COLD, so if you travel at that time, bring a good coat, stocking hat, and gloves (which are also important for handling the small tent hooks). Beyond Swakopmund, it gets very hot, so you have to pack for both extremes. Bring a swim suit--you'll want to use it. Also, be sure to pay extra to take the open-air 4-wheel-drive game drive in Etosha. It was worth every penny. Make sure whatever you use for a camera has a LOT of memory--you will take more photos on this trip than any other. Your sleeping bag must be comfortable, as you'll spend a lot of time in it. I also brought along an inflatable pad which helped a great deal, and don't forget a pillow! The dust/dirt roads in Namibia are often very rough, and you will get bumped around a lot, but if you want to see some of that country's great sites, and you will, then you have to put up with its roads!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If the bus has a license plate reading DF-00-CY-GP, and you have more than ten people in your group, insist on another one, or get ready for a rough trip.
  • Reviewed January 2018
    Stuart Robinson

    Victoria Falls to Cape Town Camping Trip

    I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday from day one. The guides were very good and were always on hand to give some assistance if required. Some of the days were fairly exhausting with the travelling and heat but plenty of water was handed out and the bus was comfortable for the long journeys. I am 65 years old and fairly fit but took part in all the activities so this trip shouldn't deter anyone of advanced years. The only slight moans I had were that the canoe trip on the Orange River should have been cancelled owing to the weather conditions - one canoe capsized - and the toilet/washing facilities were pretty dire at the Aba Huab campsite. This was a beautiful location in the desert but the toilets and showers were disgusting. The bus had some problems with a puncture and eventually died in Namibia but the guides whistled up a replacement without affecting our holiday - Well done Nyasha! Overall, I would have no hesitation in recommending this trip to anyone who was prepared to "muck in" with the rest of the group to make this holiday a memorable one.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was at the Aba Huab campsite where about five of us sat round a campfire with a few beers and watched "moon rise" - magical. There were many more memories such as the wildlife at the water holes at the Etosha National Park, the red sand dunes of Namibia at sun rise and the stunning Fish River Canyon.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Nyasha and Sylvia were very good and great company. Nyasha did most - perhaps too much - of the driving and organising and Sylvia was an excellent cook and knew so much about Namibian history, culture and wildlife.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to contribute to the holiday by helping to set up the campsites and packing up - one chap in our group did much of the washing up after the meals! You are not required to help the guides but it helps to break the ice with your fellow travellers and guides - and it feels a little uncomfortable just standing and watching someone else do something that you are quite capable of doing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Not really - I would just like to thank guides, Sylvia, Nyasha, Clifford and Lukas, plus my fellow travellers for a really wonderful holiday.
  • 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.
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.

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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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