Cape Town – Victoria Falls
This trek lasts 20 days and leads you through South Africa, Namibia and the Okavango delta in Botswana then into Zambia and Zimbabwe to visit the world-famous Victoria Falls.
20 days camping-safari from Cape Town to Victoria Falls
EXIS arranges an exciting Savannah Trek, starting from Cape Town. This trek lasts 20 days and leads you through South Africa, Namibia and the Okavango delta in Botswana then into Zambia and Zimbabwe to visit the world-famous Victoria Falls. The trek departs from Cape Town several times each month.
This is not a luxurious tourist excursion, but a good, cheap and exciting way to travel. You will be spending nights in tents or hostels and be cooking over campfire.
All the necessary equipment such as tents, mosquito nets, kitchen utensils, tables, chairs, and lamps are provided. It is expected that participants will assist with daily chores such as cleaning, cooking, set up tents etc. Camps will be set up at recognized camping sites with shower and sanitary facilities etc. are available.
The trekking car is a Mercedes Benz overland truck with radio, lockers, safe for small valuables, fridge and cooler boxes for drinks. There are minimum 4 and maximum 18 participants on the trek and at least 2 guides.
The the truck is equipped with radios, safety boxes for travel documents, passports, money etc. as well as a refrigerators.You can participate in many activities during the trek, some are optional and not included in the fee, others are included. See the list with optional activities below.
Departure is from Cape Town. You are supposed to meet at least 30 minuttes before departure at 08.00 o’clock. EXIS gladly helps you booking a room at the”Sunflower Stop Lodge” close to departure point (http://www.sunflowerstop.co.za/). One night in a double room costs 530 Rand, one night in a single room, 925 Rand.
The fee for this trek is €2242.
The trek starts from Cape Town twice a week.
We recommend travelling with a Visa Card in order to ease changing from one currency to another.
Durations and visa
When travelling into South Africa as a tourist you will receive a tourist visa stamp in the airport for a 3 month stay. Your visa can be extended in Cape Town.
Upon receipt of your enrolment form, EXIS sends a confirmation with the exact departure date from Cape Town and arrival date at Victoria. Payment dates for the deposit of 425 Euro and remaining amount will be as stated in the invoice. Ticket, package list and further information will be sent upon receipt of the deposit.
Inkluderet i prisen
20 days of camping safari
15 nights in 2 man dome tents, mattress, camping equipment, camping fees and four nights in a double room in hotels or hostels
3 meals a day unless described otherwise in the text
All trips with local guides and entry fees to national parks
”Green seats. In 2010 the trekking organisation introduced “green seats”, so all EXIS participants will travel carbon-neutral! The money from your green seat, R210 goes to planting Spekboom trees close to the Addo National Park in South Africa
Følgende er i ikke inkluderet i prisen:
- Flyforbindelse til Sydafrika
- 30 USD i stempelgebyr ved grænsen til Zimbabwe
- Enkelte måltider, som angivet i teksten
- Valgfrie aktiviteter. Priserne er vejledende i Rand eller USD.
- Ekstra drikkevarer, souvenirs, valgfrie aktiviteter
The trek departs from Cape Town several times each month. Upon reservation, we will inform you about the exact departure dates from Cape Town and arrival in Victoria. You can participate in a Savanna trek either on its own or after volunteering in South Africa.
Day 1: South Africa – Cederberg Mountain Region
Leaving Cape Town we make our first stop at Table View and take photos of Table Mountain from across Table Bay.
On the way to the Cederberg we have a guided hike in the region. After the tour, lunch will be prepared and afterwards we continue to our campsite in the Cederberg region. We arrive at our accommodation and your guides will give you a full briefing on the entire tour.
Meals: Lunch, dinner.
Day 2: Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River
We start early to head north via the distant town of Springbok, best known for its diamonds, copper and flowers. We then proceed to our camp located right beside the Namibian border. The camp is situated on the riverbank that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
Day 3: Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon
This morning there’s the chance to see the beautiful rivervalley by canoe or just relax at camp. After lunch we cross the border and travel to the Fish River Canyon. After a scenic walk along the edge of the canyon we enjoy our dinner while watching the sunset. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity.
Day 4: Namib – Naukluft National Park
We arrive at the Namib-Naukluft National Park and set up camp, then enjoy a short hike into the Sesriem Canyon. In the night we enjoy the star-studded sky and enduring silence of the Namib Desert, only occasionally interrupted by the call of a Jackal or, a rather unique lizard, the barking gecko!
Day 5: Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park
This is our earliest morning as we prepare for our hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the chance to visit Sossusvlei. Later, we join a local expert on a guided hike and learn more about the unique desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in the harsh desert conditions.
Day 6: Swakopmund
After a brief photo stop, while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Often there are flamingos at the Walvis Bay lagoon, just before we arrive in Swakopmund. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and then there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
Day 7: Swakopmund
The whole day is free to relax, explore or participate in one of the many activities available here. Most popular are Quad biking in the Dunes or Tandem Skydiving. On a clear day’s skydiving you can see all the way to the next day’s destination! Taking a walk around Swakopmund’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day. Meals: Breakfast.
Day 8: Spitzkoppe
Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Spitzkoppe Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing behind camp for some stunning views of the landscape.
Day 9: Himba Tribe
After some early morning exploration we continue north and drive towards Kamanjab. Today we 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.
Day: 10 + 11 Etosha National Park
Etosha is the place for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives, and spend our evenings at the abundant water holes for some excellent game photography.
Day: 12 Windhoek
After an early morning game drive we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital city of Namibia. On the way we stop at a popular craft market where you can buy handmade gifts to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital; it is also the cultural, social and economic centre of the Namibia. On arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a short city tour in our truck. Joe’s Beer House is an exciting dining experience for our optional dinner out. Accommodation is in shared rooms at the Hotel Uhland.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
Day 13: Botswana – Ghanzi
After an early start, we cross into Botswana and drive to Ghanzi. After setting up camp we meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing.
Day 14: Gateway to the Delta
Today we journey north towards Etsha and venture into the bush and our overnight camp on the banks of a beautiful lagoon. During the afternoon we will prepare for excursions, packing small 2-night bags. Accomodation is at the Guma Lagoon Camp.
Day 15 + 16: Okavango Delta
After a leisurely breakfast we depart on our boat cruise to Seronga via the winding channels of the Delta. A vehicle transfer sees us arrive at our base for the next two nights, where we settle in and prepare for our afternoon mokoro trip that ends with sundowners overlooking the waterways of the Delta. The evening is spent around the campfire.
The Okavango Delta is Botswana’s most popular tourist destination. Every year, more than 11 cubic kilometers of water flow from the Okavango River into the Delta, irrigating more than 15 000 square kilometres of the Kalahari Desert, making it the largest inland delta in the world. Here, you’ll find yourself exploring a lush paradise home to Africa’s most beautiful wildlife and bird species while submersing yourself in pure tranquillity and an African landscape unlike any other.
Exploring the Okavango Delta is a must for any tourist visiting Botswana. Here, you’ll have an endless list of activities to participate in, truly making the most of your time in this paradise. Boat trips, canoeing and fly-overs are among the most popular, however you can also go fishing and walking safaris depending on the time of year.
Accommodation is at the Jumbo Junction.
Day 17: Kasane
Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north. After being re-united with our truck, we enter Namibia and travel through the Caprivi Strip, crossing three parks enroute to Chobe National Park. This area is an important migration route from Botswana to Angola for many game species. We arrive in the late afternoon where we will set up camp for the next 2 nights.
Accommodation is in the Thebe River Safaris: http://theberiversafaris.com
Day 18: Botswana – Chobe National Park
We travel to Chobe and this afternoon we enjoy a sunset river cruise, as the animals are best spotted from the Chobe River. Elephants, hippo, crocodiles, eland and many other creatures reside in Chobe so keep your cameras ready.
Day 19: Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls
On arrival in Victoria Falls we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi. An optional dinner out is a friendly way to end your tour with all the new friends you’ve made along the way.
Day 20: Victoria Falls
Officially your tour finishes after breakfast but most people will spend the day white water rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting alternatives such as a walk with lions or a bungee jump from the bridge that joins Zimbabwe with Zambia.
End of journey
Even though the journey ends in Victoria, we recommend that you use one or two days to admire Victoria waterfalls and experience the many exciting activities such as “rafting” or walking with Lions. The car stops at the” Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel”.
Accommodation is not included. You can eithjer find a place to stay yourself, or stay at the Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel: http://www.victoria-falls-rainbow-hotel.com. (Costs per night 730 Rand in a shared room, 1200 in a single room). EXIS gladly books a room for you.
You can also choose to travel back in the trekking car from Victoria to Johannesburg. The car leaves Victioria the day after arrival. This return-trip costs approx. 94 Euros and includes the journey, camping, but no meals. You will be dropped off at a hostel in Johannesburg close to the airport.
The following optinal activities are not included in the program feed. Please ask your guide for details at arrival.
|South Africa||Gariep/Orange River||Half Day Canoe Trip||R250 to R300|
|Namibia||Sossusvlei||Transfer to Deadvlei||R150 t0 R200|
|Namibia||Swakopmund||Dinner at local restaurant||R80 to R150|
|Namibia||Swakopmund||Quadbiking (1 hour)||R600 to R700|
|Namibia||Swakopmund||Sandboarding||R350 to R550|
|Namibia||Windhoek||Dinner at local restaurant||R80 to R150|
|Botswana||Ghanzi||Bushmen Walk||BWP80 to BWP90|
|Botswana||Okavango||Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person||$6 til $10 a day|
|Botswana||Kasane||Chobe Morning Game Drive||$40 to $50|
|Zimbabwe||Victoria Falls||Bungee jump||$145 to $165|
|Zimbabwe||Victoria Falls||Full Day Low/High Water River boarding||$180 to $190|
|Zimbabwe||Victoria Falls||Morning Tram & Bridge Tur||$75 to $85|
|Zimbabwe||Victoria Falls||Dinner at local restaurant||$35 to $50|
|Zimbabwe||Victoria Falls||Full day White Water Rafting (High water)||$150 to $160|
|Zimbabwe||Victoria Falls||Zambezi Sunset Cruise||$50 to $70|
|Zimbabwe||Victoria Falls||Helicopter and micro light flights||$150 to $170|
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