24 day Cape Town to Johannesburg Overland Camping Safari

Enjoy game drives in some of Africa's best-known parks
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This 24 day Cape to Johannesburg Overland Camping Safari is definitely for those who seek adventure.

Summary of this 24 day Cape Town to Johannesburg Overland Camping Safari:

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Activities: Canoe the Orange River, hike Table Mountain, Bushman Rock Engravings, white water rafting, bungi-jumping, aircraft flips.
  • Destinations: Cape Town, Orange river, South Africa. Maun, Botswana. Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Etosha, Palmwag, Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Namibia.

What you can expect from this 24 day Cape to Johannesburg via Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari: 

From the dynamic city of Cape Town, to the scorched deserts of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe, this tour endeavours to show the highlights of the region.

On a journey of contrasts, you will canoe the Orange River, climb giant sand dunes, game drive in some of Africa's best-known parks, and view the mighty Victoria Falls. You will cover a great deal of distance on some remote and rough roads, and clients must be prepared for this but the natural wonders that you encounter more than compensate for any discomfort -  definitely for those who truly seek adventure.

Should it be necessary to avoid Zimbabwe for whatever reason, you will simply deviate to Botswana for this portion of the tour. This tour covers a vast distance and is not for the faint-hearted.

A valid passport is required. Seasonal malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. All countries on this tour accept the Rand. During winter the temperature can drop very low at night clients should be prepared for this.

Day 1 & 2: Cape Town, South Africa

You will meet at the Drifters Cape Town Inn at 13:00 to spend the afternoon exploring and visiting the sights. You will have one-and-a-half days here, in which time you will hike Table Mountain, visit Cape Point, the Waterfront, Hout Bay, the Stellenbosch winelands and numerous other sights.

The exact program will be dependent on the weather. Overnight at Drifters Inn on the beachfront for the 2 nights. (Lunches and both evening meals are for your own expense.) Breakfast.

Day 3: West Coast, South Africa

You will leave the Mother City behind, and after a visit to Blouberg Strand for a last view of Table Mountain from across the bay, then travel north through the 'Swartland' and then along the West Coast into Namaqualand. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of numerous desert adapted flower species. You will camp the night. Breakfast. Dinner.

Day 4 & 5: Orange River canoe trip, Namibia

Today you will cross the border into Namibia, then travel the short distance to the base camp on the banks of the Orange River from where you will begin your canoe adventure. Once you have packed all of your gear into the 2 man canoes, you will set off into the wilderness. 

The Orange River creates an awesome spectacle, a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and towering mountains of the Richtersvelt National Park. You will spend one night camping on the banks, under the desert skies, and will then return to the base camp and vehicle to camp the next night in relative comfort. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 6: Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Today you will head directly for the Fish River Canyon, the second largest of its kind in the world. After visiting the viewpoints, and exploring the lip of the Canyon, you will set up camp at Hobas. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 7 & 8: Namib Desert, Namibia

Leaving the Canyon behind, you will continue north to the true Namib Desert, with its continually shifting barchan dunes and magnificent landscapes. The next 2 nights are spent at the Drifters Desert Camp situated on a private game reserve.

This camp is spectacularly situated against a rock outcrop between the stark mountains and the red dune-lands. During your stay here guided walks and drives will be conducted including a night drive within the reserve. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 9: Sossusvlei - Swakopmund, Namibia

An early start you will travel directly to the dune fields of Sossusvlei. The last part of the journey to the dunes will be through the thick dune sand and for this an open 4X4 vehicle will be used.

After climbing the dunes for the spectacular view from the summit, you will transfer by 4X4 back to the vehicle and continue on to the seaside town of Swakopmund where you will spend 2 nights at the Drifters Swakopmund Inn. Tonight you will enjoy a restaurant meal - own expense. Breakfast. Lunch.

Day 10: Swakopmund, Namibia

The Drifters Inn provides the ideal location for exploring the town of Swakopmund with its beaches, markets, curio shops and huge variety adventure options that include quad biking, parasailing, horse-riding, dune boarding, aircraft flips and many more. The night life in Swakopmund is also worth experiencing. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 11: Spitskop, Namibia

Today you will head north up the Skeleton Coast to the Seal colony of Cape Cross before venturing inland to the impressive Spitzkoppe where you will camp wild amongst the boulders at the base of this massive rock outcrop. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 12: Palmwag, Namibia

Continuing through the desert, you will move on to visit the Bushman Rock Engravings at Twyfelfontein, whereafter you will cross the mountains into the wilderness to camp in the Palmwag region. Hopefully you will see the Desert Elephants on this day. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Days 13 & 14: Etosha, Namibia

For an incredible wildlife experience, you will enter the Etosha National Park, and after setting up camp at Okakuejo, you can enjoy an extensive afternoon game drive. You will return to the camp to spend the evening game viewing at the floodlit waterhole.

Continuing through the reserve you will drive to Fort Namutoni to camp the night. One night you will dine at a camp restaurant. (own expense) Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 15: Caprivi, Namibia

Leaving the harsh desert landscapes behind, you will travel north to the lush Caprivi area. Tonight you will camp on the banks of the mighty Okavango River at Ngepi. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 16: Maun, Bostwana

Crossing into Botswana today, you will travel through the Kalahari to the frontier town of Maun. Relax for the afternoon at the swimming pool. Tonight you will stay at the Drifters Maun Camp. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 17: Okavango Delta, Botswana

Today you will head into the heart of the Okavango, either by light aircraft or by sandy track, depending on conditions. Once in the Delta you will continue by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) to your remote camp.

This is truly nature's wonderland and a huge variety of wildlife will be witnessed in its natural state. Tonight you will camp wild on a remote island - fall asleep to the sounds of the wild. Clients will have the option of a Game Flight during these days. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 18: Nata, Botswana

After a morning mokoro trip and short transfer, you will leave this unspoiled wilderness and return to the Drifters Maun Camp to freshen up before continuing through the Makgadikgadi salt pans to the oasis-like camp of Nata. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 19: Kasane, Botswana - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Zambia

Travelling north through the Chobe forest reserves, you will head for the border town of Kasane from where you will venture into the renowned Chobe National Park in search of the large concentrations of animals that this area is known for. 

Late this afternoon you will then cross the border and drive the short distance to the Drifters Victoria Falls Inn where you will spend the following nights in comfort. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 20: Victoria Falls

This morning you awake to the 'Adventure Capital of Africa' - Victoria Falls. You will spend 2 nights here at the Victoria Falls Inn, giving you ample time to explore the falls and to participate in the multitude of activities on offer, white water rafting, bungi jumping, aircraft flips, etc.

One night enjoy a braai and experience traditional dancing around the pool. (An evening's meal and both lunches will be at your own expense) Breakfast. Dinner.

Day 21: Hwange, Zimbabwe

A leisurely start today, you will return to the wilderness. You travel the short distance to Hwange Nat Park, well know as one of Africa's best reserves.  After an extensive open vehicle drive in the Park, you exit to camp at a remote camp on the Parks boundry. Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 22: Bulawayo - Matobo, Zimbabwe

Today you travel south, to the wide streets of Bulawayo - Zimbabyou's second largest city. you then continue to the Matobo area where in the afternoon you enjoy a tour into the National Park to view animals, and to track track rhino through the bush on foot. Tonight your camp is situated amongst the precariously balancing boulders that this area is known for. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 23: Machete, Zimbabwe

Continuing  south today, you cross the border back into South Africa and to your bushcamp situated on a private game reserve within the Limpopo valley. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 24: Johannesburg, South Africa

This morning a short walk will be conducted to view the magnificent bushman paintings surrounding the camp before making the journey to Johannesburg. You will arrive at the Drifters Johannesburg Inn in the late afternoon. Breakfast.


  • Transport
  • Food (no food kitty)
  • Accommodation
  • Permits and park entry fees
  • Coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast
  • Group equipment
  • Professional guide
  • Vic Falls Entry

Not Included:

  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Tips, curios and optional extras
  • Visas
  • Restaurant meals

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