36 day Coast To Victoria Falls and Mozambique Overland Adventure Tour

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Summary of this Overland tour:

  • Accommodation: Camping in 2 man tents
  • Included Highlights: San (Bushmen) tour in Cederberg Area, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert with Sossusvlei, Himba Tribes, Kavango River, Etosha National Park, Optional Okavango Delta excursion, Victoria Falls, optional adventure activities (bungee jumping, skydiving, etc.), Chobe National Park, Swaziland, Mozambique beaches, Tofo, Vilanculos, Inhambane, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, Maputo, Kruger National Park, Panorama Route
  • Countries Visited: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique

What you can expect from this 36 Day Cape to Vic Falls and Mozambique Overland tour:

You will never have a dull moment on this African Adventure Overland Tour. Explore the Namib Desert and go sandboarding or quad biking. Go on a mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta. Enjoy safaris in Etosha and Chobe National Park, try out adventure activities at Victoria Falls and relax on unspoilt beaches in Mozambique. Enjoy excellent photo opportunities, great African wildlife experiences and make your memories last forever.


Day 1: Cape Town to Cedarberg Area, South Africa

Leaving Cape Town, you will have a photo stop at Table View for a spectacular panorama of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. On the way to the Cederberg Mountains you visit the !Kwa ttu people just outside Yzerfontein.

Here, you enjoy a San (Bushmen) guided tour and museum visit. After the 3hr tour you sit down for some lunch at the restaurant and then continue to the campsite where your guides will give you a full briefing on this overland tour. Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2: Orange River, Namibia

Early in the morning you leave the Cederberg Area and head north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. You then proceed to your camp located right beside the Namibian border. It is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3: Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This morning you have the option to go on an Orange River canoe trip. After lunch you cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. After a scenic walk along the edge of the second largest canyon in the world you enjoy dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4: Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia

You arrive at the Namib Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. Tonight you can sleep underneath the star-studded sky and enjoy the enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking Gecko. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 5: Sossusvlei Dunes, Namib Desert, Namibia

This is your earliest morning as you prepare for your hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise in the Namib Desert. Later, you join a local expert on a guided hike of the unique desert ecosystem and learn how the San (Bushmen) survived in the harsh desert conditions. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 6 & 7: Swakopmund, Namibia

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, you travel towards the Atlantic coast and the adventure capital of Namibia, Swakopmund. Often there are Flamingos at the Walvis Bay lagoon. You will be briefed on the many optional adventure activities, such as sandboarding or quad biking. After that, there is time to explore the town before dining out at one of the local restaurants in Swakopmund.

Day 7 is free to relax. Explore the town or try out some adventure activities. Taking a walk around Swakopmund's shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day. Breakfast and lunch on day 6 included. Breakfast and dinner on day 7.

Day 8: Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Leaving the Atlantic Coast and Swakopmund, you drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous limestone monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape. You set up camp in the wild plain at the base of Spitzkoppe.

This afternoon you can enjoy a walk to explore the unique rock formations and San (Bushmen) rock art. The more adventurous among you may want to try some mountain climbing behind camp for some stunning views of this landscape in Damaraland, Namibia. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 9: Himba Tribes, Namibia

After some early morning exploration of the Spitzkoppe area you continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today you have the chance to experience life within a Himba tribe. The Himba are a pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats.

They are easily recognisable by their unique style of dress. The Himba have been extremely diligent about upholding the roots of their culture, but they are also very curious about visitors to their home. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 10 & 11: Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park is the venue for some of the most unique safari experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see African wildlife normally hidden in dense vegetation. You will go on various game drives and spend the evenings at the abundant water holes for some excellent wildlife photography. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 12: Windhoek, Namibia

After an early morning game drive in Etosha National Park you set off towards Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. On the way you stop at a popular craft market where you can barter for handmade gifts to take home.

Windhoek is not only the capital, it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek you can enjoy a short city tour. Joe's Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 13: Ghanzi, Botswana

Early in the morning you cross into Botswana and drive to Ghanzi. After setting up camp, you meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing. There are also some traditional bushman huts that you have the opportunity to stay in for a nominal fee. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Days 14: Maun, Botswana

Today, you travel from Ghanzi towards Maun. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, Botswana, and this afternoon you will prepare for this excursion, packing small 2-night bags. There may be an opportunity this afternoon to visit the local Crocodile farm or take a scenic flight. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 15 & 16: Okavango Delta, Botswana

This morning you board the big 4x4 truck that will take you into the Okavango Delta. In high-water season it is sometimes necessary to take a boat to the poling station where you meet up with the members of a local community who will be showing you their homeland.

You spend 2-night bush camping in the wilderness and, if the water level allows, you will take a mokoro (traditional canoe) trip through the waterways of the Okavango Delta. You will also be going on some nature walks in the hope of seeing some African wildlife or bird species. There is an option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (time allowing). Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 17: Gweta, Botswana

You leave the Okavango Delta behind and travel east to Planet Baobab. You can explore the bush around your campsite or just relax by the pool and view some of the region's oldest Baobab trees. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 18: Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park is famous for its large Elephant herds. This afternoon you take a sunset river cruise, which offers amazing views of African wildlife along the Chobe River. Spot Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants, Eland and many other species. Keep your cameras at the ready. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Days 19 & 20: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

On arrival in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, you have time to plan the adventure activities for the next day. Then you can visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi. Enjoy optional activities, such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, Elephant-back safaris or walking with Lions. Breakfast and lunch on day 19. breakfast on day 20.

Day 21: Palapye, Botswana, or Martinsdrift, South Africa

Departure is at 6.00 am. You drive south through Botswana to Palapye or to the border post at Martinsdrift, South Africa. You will spend the night at a lively campsite. In the evening you can enjoy a typical South African Braai (barbecue). No meals included.

Day 22: Palapye / Martinsdrift to Johannesburg, South Africa

After another 6.00 am departure, you enter into South Africa. Covering the next 450 - 550km on sealed roads you should get to Johannesburg as early as possible. Take the time to enjoy one of the many local restaurants. No meals included.

Day 23: Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland

Leaving Johannesburg early, you travel through the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa to Swaziland. After crossing the border you enter Hlane Royal National Park, a huge nature reserve, home to Lion, Elephant and White Rhino. You can enjoy optional activities, such as hiking, mountian biking, game drives or a Lion tour. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 24: Maputo, Mozambique

At over 30000 hectares, Hlane is the largest protected area in Swaziland. Originally the private hunting area of the Swazi Royal family the area is now held in trust and managed by Big Game Parks. As the Lions are housed in a fenced enclosure it is possible to hike inside the national park. After a day's exploring there is an included display of traditional Swazi dancing following dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Days 25: Praia do Tofo, Mozambique

Today, you cross into Mozambique. Travelling north you can't help but be captivated by the beautiful coastal scenery before arriving in Praia Do Tofo and your campsite for the next two nights. Whether you just want to relax on the white sandy Mozambique beaches or take on some of Africa's most amazing diving and snorkelling spots, there's plenty on offer in Tofo. Optional activities, such as snorkelling and scuba diving are on offer. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 26: Praia do Tofo, Mozambique

In season Tofo is one of the world's best sites for the viewing of the world's largest fish, the Whale Shark. This entire day is free so that you can go snorkelling and scuba diving in Mozambique or just relax on the beautiful white sandy beach. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 27: Vilanculos, Mozambique

The Bazaruto Archipelago is a wonderful destination in Mozambique. The sea-life at this protected area is spectacular and snorkelling at one of the coral reefs is one of the best ways to enjoy it. On the way to Vilanculos you will be stopping at a local craft market for a little souvenir shopping. Optional activities you can choose are snorkelling and horse riding. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 28: Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion, Mozambique

The Bazaruto Archipelago excursion in Mozambique is done on the traditional sailing vessel of the African East Coast, the Dhow. You sail out to the islands and have the opportunity to snorkel, swim and relax over these 2 days. The Bazaruto Archipelago is one of Southern Africa's largest marine parks. You will overnight at a free camp on the beach in your tents. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 29: Bazaruto Archipelago National Park Excursion, Mozambique

The second day of this oceanic excursion in Mozambique is again spent exploring the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the abundant sea-life of the Bazaruto Archipelago. On rare occasions the weather may be unfavourable and in this case the Dhow will be replaced with a more conventional vessel. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Days 30 & 31: Inhambane, Mozambique

You travel through coconut plantations to the old Portuguese settlement of Inhambane in Mozambique. This coastal region is very relaxing and boasts incredible beaches. There are many optional activities available here from fishing to horse riding, scuba diving, quad biking, snorkelling, and boating. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 32: Maputo, Mozambique

You return south to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Here, you take a city tour including the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceiao and the Central Railway Station. Mozambique gained full independence from the Portuguese in 1975, but only gained political stability in more recent times and is undergoing a major upgrade as the country's economy grows. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Days 33 & 34: Kruger National Park, South Africa

You return to South Africa to the world famous Kruger National Park, where you might be lucky to spot the Big Five animals, namely Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo. Kruger Park is the most famous nature conservation area in the world.

Two nights are spent in this magnificent area enjoying African wildlife. Informative sunset game walks and night drives (accompanied by a ranger) are offered as an optional extra (subject to availability). Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 35: Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, South Africa

You travel to the greater Kruger area today and visit Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where African wildlife is being re-educated before being released back in to the wild. In the evening, you enjoy a traditional song and dance evening along with a typical South African meal. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 36: Panorama Route and Johannesburg

Early in the morning you take a game walk with a local guide in the Timbavati wildlife area bordering the Kruger National Park. There is nothing like seeing fascinating African wildlife up close.

Travelling along the Panorama Route we stop at Blyde River Canyon and Bourke's Luck Potholes. This overland tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg. The 'City of Gold' has many excellent restaurants and the group often spends this evening together. Breakfast and lunch.

Included

  • Meals and accommodation as per itinerary
  • Camping equipment
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Service of driver / guide
  • All ground transportation
  • 2-day excursion into the Okavango Delta

Not Included

  • Visas, travel insurance, flights, departure taxes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks

Optional Activities (Selection)

Activities in Namibia: Quad biking, sandboarding, tandem skydive, etc.
Activities in Botswana: Okavango Delta scenic flight, Chobe River cruise
Activities Victoria Falls: White water rafting, bungee jumping, helicopter flights, Zambezi River sunset cruise, etc.
Activities in Mozambique: Snorkelling, fishing, scuba diving, horse riding
Activities South Africa: Private game walk, Kruger Park night drive

Vehicle

Overland truck (no air-condition)

Participation

Clients are expected to erect their tents and help with cooking, washing dishes and vehicle cleanliness.

Rates are subject to change.
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