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Dunes, Deltas & Falls (Northbound)
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If you want to soak up the colours, culture, and scenery of this incredible region, this is the ultimate expedition to southwestern Africa. Experience wildlife safari drives, leave footprints on the world's highest sand dunes, wonder at the majesty of Victoria Falls, and explore wildlife rich deltas. Our overland adventure vehicles (OAVs) are an adventurous and affordable way to see the highlights, while wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife – drift off to sleep to the call of cranes and awake to the rustle of elephants grazing on nearby riverbanks.

  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Camping, Local Culture & Cuisine, Safari, Sightseeing, Walking Tour, Wildlife
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DCF.A/201517
  • Starts: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
You will Visit
  • Cape Town
  • Cederberg
  • Orange River
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Namib Desert
  • Swakopmund
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park
  • Windhoek
  • Ghanzi
  • Maun
  • Okavango Delta
  • Gweta
  • Kasane
  • Victoria Falls

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cape Town

Arrive at any time.
We highly recommend arriving earlier in Cape Town to explore all that this area has to offer.

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Day 2: Cape Town/Cederberg

View dramatic Western Cape scenery, camp on a farm, and opt to sip on local wine.
Head out of the city to begin your overland journey with a lunch stop by the coast. Arrive at our first campsite in the afternoon. Here, enjoy free time to sample and buy some local wine, kick a footy around with the local kids, or explore the area near the camp in this beautiful part of South Africa. If you prefer, just chill out at campsite's swimming pool overlooking the vineyards. 





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Day 3: Cederberg/Orange River

Travel past large plantations of rooibos tea. Opt to take a canoe trip on the scenic Gariep River.

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Day 4: Orange River/Fish River Canyon

Cross the border into Namibia, and enjoy the sunset at Fish River Canyon.


We will make our way to Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and, arguably, the second largest in the world. Watch as a spectacular sunset slips over the canyon's rim in the early evening. Permits are required to descend into the canyon; we will have access to the rim only, but the views are magnificent.

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Day 5: Fish River Canyon/Namib Desert

Explore the natural wonders of this bizarre desert environment.
Passing the small and desolate towns of Bethanien and Helmeringhausen, continue north along long and bumpy roads, en route to the Namib Desert. Arrive in the area in the late afternoon, where the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. Here, you really feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere.

We arrive in the early evening and set up our camp.

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Day 6: Namib Desert

Explore the Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. Then continue on to the breathtaking Sossusvlei Dunes, and climb the breathtaking Dune 45.

Visit Sossusvlei, a clay pan enclosed by the world's largest sand dunes and enclosing ancient dead trees. Here, opt to take a guided walk at the dunes, and enjoy some free time to explore them on your own. Arrive back at our campsite around lunch time and take down tents, pack up the truck, and drive to the next desert campsite. Don't miss out on the optional sunset desert dunes bush walk to learn more about the desert, dunes, and the way of the bushmen.

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Day 7: Namib Desert/Swakopmund

Cross the void region of the Namib Desert along with a few dry mountain passes to the adrenaline capital of Swakopmund.
Get a real feel for the Namib Desert as we spend hours crossing this empty region.

Spend two nights in the area exploring this historical town or trying some of the numerous activities available, such as dune boarding or quad biking.

Swakopmund has bizarre lunar landscapes, unforgettable sunsets, and prehistoric Welwitchia plants.

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Day 8: Swakopmund




Swakopmund is one of the adventure capitals of Africa. Enjoy a free day to relax or get the adrenaline pumping. Choose from sky diving, dune boarding, or quad biking, just to name a few options.

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Day 9: Swakopmund/Spitzkoppe

Travel north to the granite peaks of Spitzkoppe.
Explore on your own by foot, and be sure to check out the night sky—it's great for star-gazing!

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Day 10: Spitzkoppe/Damaraland

Visit the Damaraland Living Museum to learn more about the lost culture of the Damara people.
Look out over beautiful desert landscapes as far as the eye can see. There are Himba, Herero, and Damara people along the way selling local arts, and we'll be sure to make a few stops to find out more about their offerings.
 Pass into more stony desert landscapes, and arrive at camp by mid-afternoon.

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Day 11: Damaraland/Etosha National Park

Enter Etosha National Park and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in the Lando.
Upon arrival to the park in the afternoon, head out for a wildlife safari drive in our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) to search for elephants, antelope, and lions around the watering holes.

After sunset, watch animals at the watering holes near the camping area, which is safe, being well lit with flood lights. Free time at night allows for the option of a night safari in an open vehicle.

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Day 12: Etosha National Park

Enjoy a full-day wildlife safari drive in the Lando. Opt to take an open vehicle safari drive in the afternoon/night.

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Day 13: Etosha National Park/Windhoek

Transfer to Namibia's capital.
Leave Etosha National Park and head south through the Namibian countryside to Windhoek.

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Day 14: Windhoek/Ghanzi

Visit the Kalahari Desert, and meet the local San/Bushmen. Optional walk to learn survival skills from the locals.
Leave in the morning and continue through the eastern part of Namibia and cross into Botswana, travelling into the heart of the Kalahari.
 


Arrive at the campsite, approximately 10km (6 mi) outside Ghanzi, in the early evening, just in time for an optional 'Bushman Walk'. 
Around the campfire at night, experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushmen.

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Day 15: Ghanzi/Maun

Opt to take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta to get a birds-eye view of the area.
Drive across Botswana and travel from the Kalahari towards Maun. Leave Ghanzi in the morning and arrive in Maun around lunch time.

In the afternoon, opt to get a sneak peek of the Okavango Delta from above on an hour-long flight in a small plane. See a variety of wildlife and marvel at the vast delta basin.

Those not opting for the flight can kick back and relax at the campsite.

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Day 16: Maun/Okavango Delta

Enjoy wildlife walks, a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) and birding on an overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta.
After leaving some luggage in Maun, we hop into safari vehicles and travel for about an hour to a river before pairing off and sitting down in mokoros, traditional dugout canoes, that take us deep into the delta.

After a couple hours in the mokoro, we arrive to our basic bush camp in time for lunch. Set up tents and get used to the surroundings. 
In the afternoon, set off on a wildlife walk. In the evening, count the shooting stars, sing with the locals or just unwind with a sundowner around the campfire.

 The polers will join us around the campfire tonight and usually love to sing and dance… join in!

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Day 17: Okavango Delta/Gweta

Camp under ancient baobab trees.
Enjoy the sunrise on an early wildlife walk then return to Maun, first by mokoro, then safari vehicle, and arrive around lunch time. Pack up the truck, then hit the road to ancient baobab trees of Gweta. We will arrive to our campsite mid- to late afternoon. Have a walk around, take pictures of the baobabs, swim in the pool and enjoy a proper shower after the night in the bush.

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Day 18: Gweta/Kasane

Opt to embark on a wildlife-viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River or take an open safari vehicle wildlife safari drive inside Chobe National Park.
Journey to the area of Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in Southern Africa. The best way to appreciate the area's thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles and hippos, is with an optional sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. You may instead opt to embark on a wildlife safari drive in search of lions, antelope, and of course, elephants.

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Day 19: Kasane/Victoria Falls

Cross the border into Zimbabwe, home of the mighty Victoria Falls.
Cross the border from Botswana to Zimbabwe at the Kazungula border post.

Continue on to Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities.

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Day 20: Victoria Falls

Opt to visit Victoria Falls, go whitewater rafting, or take a helicopter flight over the falls.
Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with the Victoria Falls in view.

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Day 21: Victoria Falls

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei Dunes, and Spitzkoppe entrance fees
    • Etosha National Park entrance with wildlife safari drives
    • Damaraland Living Museum visit
    • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Participation camping (14 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt), guesthouses (2 nts, multi-share), basic bush camping (2 nts), hostel (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 14 dinners
    Transport
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), walking, mokoro, safari vehicle
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook, driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Experience the culture of Cape Town
  • Spot wildlife on safari drives in Etosha National Park
  • Cruise the Okavango Delta in a dugout canoe
  • Meet the San Bushmen
  • Marvel at Fish River Canyon and Victoria Falls


Reviews (10)
Robyn C Posted on: 

An excellent trip, with a diverse mix of people fantastically supported by our ever helpful guide Stephen, always on hand to help with a smile. Excellent food provided by Patrick, and there was me thinking I might lose a few pounds, no chance with Patrick's excellent food!! Having travelled on overland trips for a number of years, this has to rank up at the top for sheer all round enjoyment.

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Michael C Posted on: 

I enjoyed staying the extra three nights at the Tulip Inn which was the starting point of the tour.

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Kimshiro B Posted on: 

I really enjoyed the trip and had a great time.

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Anja Susanne W Posted on: 

The tour itself was excellent -- well-organised, great guide(s), good group experience. Of course, the scenery and weather were perfect to begin with :-)

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Christopher M Posted on: 

It was an amazing trip and included many experiences that I will carry with me for many years. Now back at home I still find myself thinking of memories from the trip.

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Ian H Posted on: 

Our trip was most enjoyable, our fellow travellers were a terrific bunch. Sophia was a top guide & cook.

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Samantha S Posted on: 

Good variety of activities, lots to see, lots of miles covered. Tough to pick highs and lows because it was all good.

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Penelope L Posted on: 

Fantastic trip which exceeded my expectations! Well organised and excellent leaders.

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Rob W Posted on: 

A fantastic experience - first time in Africa and definitely going back!! The highlights for me were the quality of the wildlife (exceeded my expectations for this trip), the Namib Desert, Okavango Delta and the Vic Falls.

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Melissa R Posted on: 

I had an amazing time. Well worth the money spent. I recommend this type of adventure to anyone interested in travel.

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