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24 Day Cape Town to Johannesburg Via Zimbabwe Adventure

StartCape Town
Duration: 24 Days
Style of Tour :
EURO 3399.00AUD 5,572.13CAD 5,073.13GBP 3,007.96USD 3,735.16ZAR 84,975.00

An overland tour taking in some of Southern Africa's most popular destinations. Explore Cape Town, the Namib desert, Etosha, the Okavango Delta, Chobe, Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe. This is a popular tour and recommended.

Countries visitingBotswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Trip ID:DTDR24
Accommodation on tour:Camping/Lodge


  • Explore Cape Town
  • Namibia
  • Namib Desert
  • Etosha Park
  • Okavango Delta
  • Chobe
  • Victoria Falls
  • Hwange National Park
  • Zimbabawe

Below is the basic day to day brief,

The Full downloadable Itinerary is at the bottom of this window. 
This tour is also available as an accommodated tour. Please enquire for full details.

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Day 1 & 2:  Cape Town
Our adventure begins in Cape Town - the Mother City. After checking into our accommodation we begin exploring this amazing city and surrounds. There are loads of included activities, such as a visit to the Cape of Good Hope, a Table Mountain hike and wine tasting. For those wishing to get more active, there are many optional activities available - for example, shark diving, paragliding and Robben Island.

Included Highlights: Table Mountain hike, explore Cape Peninsula, wine tasting and more

Day 3:  Cape Town - West Coast
We depart Cape Town and take a scenic drive along the West Coast. We spend the evening on the coast and get to enjoy a sunset. Those travelling in early spring will have the pleasure of seeing a spectacular array of colours as the desert flowers bloom.

Included Highlights: Scenic West Coast drive
Meals:  Breakfast & dinner

Day 4 & 5:  Orange River
After crossing the border into Namibia, we head to our camp on the banks of the Orange River (also known as the Gariep River - the River of Hope), South Africa’s longest river. We pack our canoes and head off for downstream. Enjoy spectacular scenery as we as we leisurely drift along. Tonight we sleep under the stars. This is an evening to remember. The Orange River trip is definitely one of the highlights of this adventure tour.

Included Highlights:  Orange River canoe trip. Camp wild under the stars
Meals:  2x Breakfast, 2 x lunch & 2 x dinners

Day 6 & 7:  Fish River Canyon - Namib Desert
Leaving behind the river, we visit the Fish River canyon - The world’s second largest canyon. Enjoy amazing views as we visit the various viewing points. Leaving the Fish River Canyon we head to our camp in the Namib which is situated in private nature reserve. An opportunity to learn about life in the desert and enjoy the open expanses of this unique area.

Meals:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Included Highlights: Explore Fish River Canyon, desert walk, afternoon/evening drive

Day 8:  Sossusvlei
Today is desert day. The Namib desert is a photographers dream. Contrasting colours, huge sand dunes, and unbelievable beauty.  We climb the dunes this morning and then take 4 x 4 vehicles to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Exploring this unique area is a definite highlight of the tour.

Included Highlights:  Dune Climbing, Sossusvlei, Deadvlei, 4 x4 transfer into Sossusvlei
Meals:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 9 & 10:  Swakopmund
Leaving behind the dunes we head to Swakopmund - where we check into our lodge. Swakopmund is a popular destination for travellers and offers a range of coffee shops, restaurants and bars. A great place to relax after the harshness of the Namib. Relax on the beach, browse the local curio shops or get active. Swakopmund is the known as the Desert Adventure Capital and offers a range of activities including quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving and more.

Meals:  2 x Breakfast, lunch 

Day 11:  Cape Cross - Spitzkoppe
We head north along the Skeleton Coast, with its shipwrecks and desolated houses. We visit the Cape Cross - home to thousands of seals. After taking in this spectacle we head inland to the Spitzkoppe. A great place to explore with its huge granite boulders and ancient Bushmen paintings.

Included Highlights:  Cape Cross seal colonies & Spitzkoppe
Meals:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 12 & 13:  Etosha National Park
Today we head to Etosha - Namibia’s largest game reserve. Arriving in the park we set up camp and head out on our first safari. Etosha Park is well known for its huge herds of elephants and predator cats, including lion and leopards. There is an abundance of animals and most are concentrated around the numerous waterholes. Etosha is also famous for its floodlite waterholes where one can spend the evening watching the animals come down to drink. Day 2 we spend the whole day enjoying the park and safari. Have your cameras handy. There is an option to book a night drive.

Included Highlights: Etosha Safari
Meals:  2 Breakfast, 2 x lunches & 2 days dinners

Day 14:  Caprivi Area - Okavango River
We end our Etosha safari with a short drive to the gate. We head north and witness the rapidly changing landscape as we leave the arid south and enter the lush areas of the Okavango River. It is a long day as we travel past rural villages to our camp on the Okavango River.

Included Highlights: Caprivi Strip, Okavango River
Meals:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15 & 16:  Okavango Delta - Botswana
Today we pack overnight bags, board a motorboat and make our way deep into the delta. We meet up with our local “polers” who guide us through the waterways on “Makoros” - dug out canoes. We set up camp on a remote island from which we explore the surrounding area on foot and canoes. The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s last true wilderness areas and is a must visit. One can expect to encounter animals, amazing flora and meet the local tribes people.

Included Highlights: Okavango Delta, mokoro trips, guided walks, sunset cruise
Meals:  2x Breakfast, 2 x lunches, 2 x dinners

Day 17:  Okavango Delta - Maun
Early morning we make our way back to our vehicle and head south to Maun. Maun is a frontier town and offer clients and opportunity to relax after the wilderness camp of the delta. We spend the night in a lodge.

Meals:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 18:  Makgadikgadi Pans
A leisurely start to the day before we head east to the spectacular Makgadikgadi Pans. The pans are known for there beauty and array of birdlife. There is also a chance of seeing desert animals.We head to our bush camp where we enjoy an evening under the stars. Star gazing on the pans is renown and expect to see plenty of shooting stars and satellites. (modern curse).

Included Highlight:  Makgadikgadi Pans
Meals:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 19 & 20:  Chobe - Victoria Falls
Leaving behind the pans we head north to Chobe National Park. Chobe is well known for it’s huge herds of elephants as well as predators. In the afternoon we enjoy a classic Wildlife cruise down the river. You can expect to see a large number of elephants as well as numerous other animals coming down to drink. Being on the Chobe river allows for close up viewing -- have your cameras ready. Returning to our vehicle we head to Victoria Falls. Once we have crossed the border into Zimbabwe we base ourselves in the village of Victoria Falls. The lodge is centrally located and there is ample time to visit the numerous markets and curio shops.

 Vic Falls is definitely one of the highlights of the tour and an included visit to the falls allows one to get up close and get soaked with spray. The sheer size of the falls is impressive and one can spend hours taking in the view. Victoria Falls is the “Adventure Capital of Africa” and their are numerous activities available. Bungee jumping and white water rafting are very popular. One could also spend time visiting a local village, cross into Zambia for the day or just relax in the village.

Included Highlights: Chobe National Park, Boat safari on Chobe River, Victoria Falls entry fees
Meals:  2 x Breakfast, 1x lunch & 1 x dinner

Day  21: Hwange National Park
Leaving behind Victoria Falls we head to Hwange - Zimbabwe’s largest national park. We enjoy an open vehicle safari and the local guides are bound to find an array of animals.We also do a short guided walk which allows us to experience the bush up close. Hwange is home to the Big 5 and one can expect excellent animal sightings. The evening is spent at a campsite overlooking a popular waterhole teeming with animals.

Included Highlights: Open vehicle game drive & bushwalk
Meals:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 22:  Bulawayo - Matopos National Park
Travelling south, we pass through the town of Bulawayo (Zimbabwe’s second largest city). We set up camp at Matobo Hills - well known for its population of the highly endangered rhino. We have an opportunity to track and learn more about these incredible animals.The area is has unique boulder formations and is the place of Cecil John Rhodes grave - a controversial colonist.

Included Highlights: Matopos National Park, Rhino tracking
Meals:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 23:  Limpopo Valley
Leaving behind Zimbabwe we cross back into Botswana and set up camp in the Limpopo valley. We set up camp in a private game reserve and have time for a final short bush walk.

Included Highlights:  Scenic drive, brief game walk
Meals:  Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 24:  Johannesburg - South Africa
Our overland adventure tour ends in the metropolis of Johannesburg - the economic hub of South Africa. Note that the tour ends in the late afternoon for those wishing to book flights

Meals:  Breakfast

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Note: Itineraries do change, please speak to your consultant for the latest up to date itinerary for your travel period.

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Approx. tour cost in
EURO 3399.00AUD 5,572.13CAD 5,073.13GBP 3,007.96USD 3,735.16ZAR 84,975.00

2024 Camping Tour Price - Per person 

EUR €3,399
EUR €305 - Single Supplement (optional for single travelers)

2024 Accommodated Tour Price - Per person 

EUR €4,699
EUR €640 - Single Supplement (optional for single travelers)

  • Fully equipped Overland vehicle
  • Qualified Guides
  • Accommodation is camping and lodge 
  • Sleeping bag required
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Optional activities 
  • Travel Insurance and visas
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol & beverages
  • Snacks,
  • Souvenirs, tips
  • Optional Activities.
This tour has a duration of: 24 Days

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