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Cape to Victoria Falls Explorer Safari

Small group participation camping safari - 20 nights / 21 days (or 14-day Cape to Namibia Explorer)

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Sesriem sunset in Namibia Climbing sand dunes in Sossusvlei Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta Lioness and cub in Botswana The Victoria Falls
Tour code: CV21 / CW14

Cape Town to Victoria Falls is one of the classic “overland” routes in Southern Africa, including the Namib Desert, Etosha NP and the Okavango Delta. The variety of highlights makes it easy to see why this is one of our most popular tours.

Departs: Cape Town, South Africa on Thursday at 8:00am.      
Ends: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Wednesday at 8:00am.
Group size: Guaranteed from 4 guests; 12 guests maximum.

Summary
• A true exploration of Southern Africa - see it all!
• All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife.
• Gariep River, Fish River Canyon, Namib desert, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Skeleton coast, Spitzkoppe, Twyfelfontein engravings, Etosha, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls.

Highlights
• Cape Town – Cape Point tour
• Fish River Canyon – walking
• Namib Desert – walk Sossusvlei dunes
• Swakopmund – dune boarding & quad biking
• Brandberg – rock paintings
• Etosha NP – game viewing from camp & on drives
• Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion and bush walks
• Victoria Falls – adventure activities

Alternate Routes
• Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour is the full 21 days.
• Cape Town to Windhoek offers a complete Namibia safari, with the added bonus of a Cape Town start.

Overnights
• 15 nights on safari we stay at designated campsites in national parks and towns. Formal campsites have hot and cold showers, laundry facilities & telephones.
• 2 nights we “camp wild” without fences in the Okavango. On these nights the crew will erect a bucket shower (with hot water off the fire) and a pit latrine (with seat!).
• 3 nights guest house accommodation, twin bedrooms with en suite facilities on bed and breakfast basis.

Meals
20 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 12 dinners will be provided by the safari crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the camp fire (3 of these breakfasts are provided by the guest houses).

2017
21-DAY (Cape Town, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)
SAFARI COST: $2,690 per person sharing.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $215

14-DAY (Cape Town, South Africa to Windhoek, Namibia)
SAFARI COST: $2,130 per person sharing.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $170

Single tent supplement is applicable to the camping nights only. On accommodated nights clients will share with a same gender client.

If you are a single traveler, you will be assigned to room with another same gender single traveler and there is no supplemental payment required.  If you request to room alone, then the price supplement will be charged.

ADD-ON: All departures can be combined after the South Africa - Scenic Route Safari to create a complete circular safari in Southern Africa.

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Cape to Victoria Falls Explorer Safari map



DAY 1; (1 Night)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa  [Guest House]

Cape of Good HopeDeparting, after a tour briefing, from Cape Town at 08:00am we visit Hout Bay harbour en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve and then the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. We sample some of Cape Town’s culinary wonders at a local restaurant in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (own expense).


Includes:
Entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Nature Point. Day 1: Lunch own expense. Day 1: Dinner own expense.
Overnight: Sweetest Guesthouses – is a collection of individually decorated houses in a metropolitan area of Cape Town near the V&A Waterfront. The Sunway group may be spread amongst any of the houses, within walking distance of each other, and the group breakfasts will be taken in the same house. Rooms are twin with en-suite facilities (or similar guest house). WiFi available.
Distance / Time: Full day Cape Peninsular tour is 160km which takes between 6 and 8 hours.


DAY 2; (1 Night)
CEDARBERG,
South Africa  [camping BLD]

Wolfberg ArchThe Cederberg is a massive rocky wilderness where giant sandstone boulders have been sculpted by wind and rain into bizarre and artistic shapes. In the afternoon we explore the rugged landscape on foot.


Includes:
Entrance fees and walking permit in the Cedarberg. Day 2: Breakfast provide by the guest house. Day 2: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 2: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers.
Distance / Time: 250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

DAY 3; (1 Night)
GARIEP RIVER,
Namibia  [camping BLD]

Quiver TreeWe make our way into the more arid regions and upon entering Namibia, we camp at the Gariep River. Free time for swimming and relaxing or you can adventure down the river in canoes (own expense).


Includes: Day 3: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 3: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 3: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant & bar.
Distance / Time: 500kms, ± 7 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Optional Activities: Half day canoe safari.

DAY 4; (1 Night)
FISH RIVER CANYON,
Namibia  [camping BLD]

Fish River Canyon, NamibiaWe make our way to Fish River canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. In the afternoon we watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon’s rim.


Includes: Entrance fees to Fish River Canyon, Hobas viewing point. Day 4: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 4: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 4: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, and shop.
Distance / Time: 300kms, ± 4 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 5 - 6; (2 Nights)
NAMIB DESERT,
Namibia  [camping BLD]

Dead vlei near SossusvleiTowering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. We will walk to Sossusvlei, explore Sesriem Canyon and watch dramatic sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes.


Includes: Entrance fees to Sesriem Canyon and Naukluft National Park. Day 5, 6: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 5, 6: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 5, 6: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, shop.
Distance / Time: 550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 7 - 8; (2 Nights)
SWAKOPMUND,
Namibia  [guest house Bx2 Lx1 -]

Swakopmund architecture, NamibiaLunar landscapes surround the coastal town of Swakopmund as we approach the coast. Day free to explore the town or try quad biking / dune boarding (own expense). We enjoy evening restaurant meals (own expense).


Includes: Day 7: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 7: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 7: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant. Day 8: Breakfast provide by the guest house. Day 8: Lunch is an own expense meal. Day 8: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Dunedin Star guest house - twin share rooms with en suite facilities. Telephone & restaurant. WiFi in main building.
Distance / Time: 350kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing.
Optional Activities: Sand boarding, Skydiving, Ocean canoe safari, Scenic flights & many more.


DAY 9; (1 Night)
SPITZKOP,
Namibia  [camping BLD]

Cape Cross Seal ColonyBeautiful desert landscapes. We move north along the arid coast to the Cape Cross seal colony before heading inland to set up camp under the Spitzkoppe, huge granite domes rising out of the desert. Enjoy a magnificent sunset. We’ll take a short walk to explore the area.


Includes: Entrance to Cape Cross seal colony. Day 9: Breakfast provide by the guest house. Day 9: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 9: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite – basic ablution facilities.
Distance / Time: 250km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

DAY 10; (1 Night)
UGAB WILDERNESS,
Namibia  [camping BLD]

Stopping for curios in NamibiaOur next stop is the Brandberg where we camp next to the dry Ugab River bed, home to the rare desert elephants. We explore the mountains on foot with our local guides, who lead us through this region adorned with rock art.


Includes: Entrance to see San Rock Art and guided walk with local guide. Day 10: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 10: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 10: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool.
Distance / Time: 170km, ± 2½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

DAYS 11 - 12; (2 Nights)
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK,
Namibia  [camping BLD]

Elephants at EtoshaEtosha National Park, “the great white place of dry water”, in the game rich northwest corner of Namibia offers a variety of wildlife. We take game drives around the huge dry pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes before we camp at Okaukuejo with its flood-lit waterhole.

(Subject to animal movements we may use any of the 3 camps in Etosha.)


Includes: Entrance fees to Etosha National Park. Morning and afternoon game drives. Day 11, 12: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 11, 12: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 11, 12: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant, bar & shop.
Distance / Time: 400kms, ± 5½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing + 2x 3 hour game drives per day.
Optional Activities: Night game drive in National Park vehicles.

DAY 13; (1 Night)
WINDHOEK,
Namibia  [permanent tent BL-]

Seal faceThe charm of the city of Windhoek lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people. We visit the cosmopolitan capital and enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense).

 


Includes: Day 13: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 13: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 13: Dinner own expense.
Overnight: Urban Campsite – twin share permanent tents with shared ablution facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available.
Distance / Time: 500kms, ± 7 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAY 14; (1 Night)
KALAHARI,
Botswana  [camping BLD]

Camping in the KalahariCrossing into Botswana, we overnight in the heart of the Kalahari. We take a walk with the local San Bushmen to learn fascinating bush skills.

14-Day Cape to Namibia option
The optional 14-day version of this safari ends here in Windhoek at 08:00am on the morning of day 14.  See Pricing above.


Includes: Nature walk with local San bushman and translator. Day 14: Breakfast provided by the guest house. Day 14: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 14: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming in old quarry.
Distance / Time: 550kms, ± 7½ hours excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 15 - 17; (3 Nights)
OKAVANGO DELTA,
Botswana  [camping Bx3 Lx3 Dx2]

Leopard in Moremi Game ReserveWe camp in Maun for a night in preparation before journeying deep into the Okavango Delta on mekoro (dugouts) - an experience not to be missed. We camp wild on remote islands for 2 nights and enjoy bush walks, swimming and the birdlife in this pristine wilderness area.


Includes: Entrance to Okavango Delta, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides. Day 15: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 15: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 15: Dinner will be own expense. Day 16: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 16: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 16: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight Maun: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
2 Nights Okavango Delta: Wild camping – basic camping facilities, with bucket showers.
Distance / Time: 300km, ± 4½ hours (Kalahari – Maun) Okavango transfer in 4WD ± 2 hour each way.
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft.

DAY 18; (1 Night)
MAKGADIKGADI PANS,
Botswana  [camping BL-]

Makgadikgadi Pans in BotswanaFeel the vastness of Africa under a big sky sunset. After the rains the pans fill with water and attract thousands of water birds and herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok.


Includes: Entrance fees into Makgadikgadi Pans. Day 18: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 18: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 18: Dinner will be an own expense meal.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
Distance / Time: 320km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

DAYS 19 - 21; (2 Nights)
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe  [camping Bx3--]

Tour of Victoria Falls in ZambiaTour Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. Enjoy a sundowner river cruise on the mighty Zambezi or a spectacular “flight of angels” over the Falls (own expense).

Tour ends at 08:00am at the campsite.


Includes: Entrance to see the Victoria Falls. Day 19, 20, 21: Breakfast provide by tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 19, 20, 21: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 19, 20, 21: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
Distance / Time: 400km, ± 5 hours, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing.
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.

Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops!

Special Interest: Includes a walk in the Kalahari desert with a San bushman guide to learn about these fascinating people and their ancient way of life.

Sustainable Tourism: We visit the Okavango Delta with local guides from the Community Trust - all entrance, camping and guiding fees go directly to the local people thus ensuring them a tourism income and sustainable protection of the environment.

ADD-ON: All Explorer departures can be combined after the South Africa - Scenic Route Safari to create a complete circular safari in Southern Africa.

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Transport
Due to Namibian gravel roads we mostly run this tour in custom-built safari trucks with 12 seats; or (on 5% of tours) Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. For the transfer into the Okavango we use a 4WD Land Cruiser with 12 forward facing seats, with trailer.

Accommodation
Camping - for 14 nights on safari we stay at designated campsites in national parks, on private land and in towns. Campsite facilities are generally very good but in places can be basic. There are hot and cold showers, restaurants, washing facilities and telephones available at most of the campsites. Some camps in Namibia and Botswana have simple reed enclosures for showers but do have flush toilets! Sunway supplies all the camping equipment with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow. The dome tents we use are 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 metres and putting them up or down takes only 5 minutes. Tents have built-in insect nets. We supply mattresses, which are about 5 cm thick, warm and comfortable. The camp chairs have a backrest.

Wild camping - for 2 nights while in the Okavango Delta we camp wild on remote islands. During the dry season we may also camp wild for 1 night on the Makgadikgadi Pans. Wild camps have no facilities; we will need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild camping is very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. Toilets will be of the “dig and bury” variety.

Local Payment
There is no local payment required on this safari.

Participation
An essential part of your safari is some participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. In the Okavango the local polers will offer to assistist with washing up, and make your life a little easier!

Shopping
Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing are best in Livingstone, Zambia which has a wide variety of curios. Botswana has beautiful grass weavings. Namibia also has unusual and interesting curios and crafts. If you see something you like, it is best to buy it because it is unlikely that you will see something similar further along. Crafts from change from region to region.

Food
We pride ourselves on giving very good healthy meals to our clients and will provide three meals per day, except where shown in itinerary, when we try out local restaurants.
• The tour leaders do the shopping and meal planning for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. A rough idea of what these will consist of is: Breakfast - cereals or coffee and toast or the occasional fried breakfast, Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads on bread or rolls, Dinner - braais (local barbecue), potjies (stews), stir fries etc. We use regular plates, cups and cutlery. All cooking and eating utensils will also be provided.
• We do cater for special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.)
• We will supply fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be for your own expense. We will not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour.

Difficulty
• Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. The outdoor enthusiast enjoys simple campsites and basic wild camps, you will get dusty on occasion; but this is Africa!
• Full itinerary with a couple of long driving days, but also plenty of outdoor activity with some relaxing time. This is a long distance trans Africa safari - there is a lot of distance to be covered and so there will be some long travelling days. Due to local conditions, border crossings, road detours and weather, the trip may alter route / schedule - please remember that this continent has its own time scale and things work differently here. Keep an open mind and a sense of humour - it’s all part of the adventure!
• Everyone is asked to help out with the running of camp on tour. In other words if everyone spends a little time setting up camp, preparing meals and cleaning up then the tour will run smoothly and everyone will have a good time. Participation is the name of the game.

Things you should know
• Includes park entrances, game drives and the Okavango Delta excursion.
• You will need a valid passport and visas for entry into South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
• Luggage, please pack to a limit of 12kgs in a soft sports tog bag. Bring a daypack for walks.
• We recommend that you bring Euro, US$ or South African Rand for personal expenses on this trip but please note that in South Africa and Namibia Euro and US$ will need to changed into Namibian $ or South African Rand as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept N$ and ZAR. In Botswana please note that foreign currency will need to changed into Botswana Pula as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept BWP. Expenses in Livingstone can be paid in US$ or Euro and major credit cards can also be used for optional activities throughout this tour. Travellers cheques can be changed in Cape Town, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Maun and Livingstone.

Common questions about this trip
What do I need to bring? Comfortable clothes for warm days and cool evenings, walking shoes, a raincoat, hat and sunglasses, swimsuit, and a water bottle. A small pair of binoculars also comes in very handy and most importantly - a sense of adventure!
Is it safe? South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia are relatively safe and your guide knows the countries intimately and will endeavour to show you the best parts while looking after you. In the wild areas your guide will brief you on the necessary precautions, follow this advice and you will be fine. Be aware of your personal belongings and you will have a great trip! Every precaution is taking to ensure a happy holiday.
Do I need malaria tablets?  Yes, the trip passes through malaria areas and prophylactics are recommended.
Solo Traveler? Going it alone won’t make your holiday more expensive; our reservations staff will match you up with another same-gender traveler to keep your holiday affordable. If however you request a single room or tent these are available, with a price supplement.

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SCHEDULED SAFARI DATES

Please contact us for 2017 dates.

The South Africa Scenic Route Safari can be added after this Cape to Victoria Falls departure to create a complete circular safari in Southern Africa.

 

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