Northern Experience Safari: Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Cultural tour & safari of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

Guaranteed Departures

Experience our popular African journey northward from picturesque Cape Town to awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. One of our most adventurous African experiences, this tour includes a flight from Cape Town in South Africa to Windhoek in Namibia. We then explore the highlights of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, including the famous, towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the traditional culture of the Ova-Himba and some of Africa’s foremost wildlife hotspots at Etosha National Park, Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta. End our African safari vacation with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Table Mountain at the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas 2. Okavango Delta
3. Namib Sand Sea in Namib-Naukluft National Park 4. Victoria Falls
Tour Information
Duration : 24 days
Minimum : 04 persons
Maximum : 12 persons
Price (From) : US$ 6595
International air not included
Day 01: Arrive Cape Town (SOUTH AFRICA)
Day 02: Cape Town
(B)
Day 03: Cape Town
(B)
Day 04: Cape Town/Windhoek (Flight) (NAMIBIA)
(B)
Day 05: Windhoek/Sossusvlei (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Sossusvlei
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Sossusvlei/Swakopmund (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 08: Swakopmund
(B)
Day 09: Swakopmund/Etosha National Park (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 10: Etosha National Park
(B, D)
Day 11: Etosha National Park
(B, D)
Day 12: Etosha National Park/Okavango River (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 13: Okavango River/Caprivi (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 14: Caprivi
(B, L, D)
Day 15: Caprivi/Maun (Drive) (BOTSWANA)
(B, L)
Day 16: Maun/Greater Moremi (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 17: Greater Moremi
(B, L, D)
Day 18: Greater Moremi/Nata (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 19: Nata/Chobe (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 20: Chobe National Park
(B, D)
Day 21: Chobe/Hwange (Drive) (ZIMBABWE)
(B, L, D)
Day 22: Hwange
(B, L, D)
Day 23: Hwange/Victoria Falls (Drive)
(B)
Day 24: Depart Victoria Falls
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Cape Town (SOUTH AFRICA)

Welcome to Cape Town! Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this vibrant city. Relax, or take a visit to the V & A Waterfront, the scenic harbour at Cape Town’s heart that offers an abundance of indoor shopping and entertainment.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town (3 nights)
(Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant & bar)

Day 02: Cape Town

This morning, we are taken on a half-day scheduled city tour. Explore the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the South African Museum and the colourful, photo-worthy Malay Quarter known as Bo-Kaap.  Our afternoon is free to continue exploring Cape Town’s many attractions. (B)

Day 03: Cape Town

Penguin colonies of Boulders Beach

An exciting day ahead as we explore the Cape Peninsula. Travelling along the Atlantic via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, we stop at Maiden Cove look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay. We carry on over Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and Good Hope Nature Reserve. In the afternoon, we journey on to Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at beautiful Boulders Beach (entrance to Boulders Beach optional and at own account). (B)

Day 04: Cape Town/Windhoek (Flight) (NAMIBIA)

After breakfast, we are transferred to the Cape Town International Airport, where we board our flight to Windhoek, Namibia (not included in the tour price – quoted separately). Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel in Windhoek. Afternoon free to relax or explore this lovely city. In the evening, we will meet our guide and other group members at our accommodations at 6:00 PM for a pre-departure meeting.

Overnight: Avani Windhoek Hotel, Windhoek (1 night) (B)
(Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)

Days 05: Windhoek/Sossusvlei (Drive)

Himba woman at Windhoek, Namibia

Moving south, we travel toward Namib Naukluft National Park*, which is home to the Namib desert. An inspiration for the name Namibia itself, the Namib is the oldest desert on earth. Its breathtaking, burnt orange sand dunes are perhaps the most famous in the world.

Overnight: Agama River Camp, Sossusvlei (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 06: Sossusvlei

Today we wake up early to visit the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. These dunes, which can reach heights of over 300 meters, are absolutely spectacular and provide a fantastic photo opportunity. With luck, there may even be water in the vlei (lake). We also stop to view the Sesriem Canyon, which was carved millions of years ago by the Tsauchab River. (B, L, D)

Days 07: Sossusvlei/Swakopmund (Drive)

Tourists climb up the Dune through Sossusvlei, Namibia.

An interesting day as we drive through Namib Naukluft National Park on our way to Swakopmund. The Namib-Naukluft Desert is home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world, and a drive to discover the flora and fauna is a must on any African safari vacation. The animals of this harsh landscape include oryx, springbok and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. En route, we make a stop at the small town of Walvis Bay, where we may spot a variety of birds, including flamingos in the lagoon. Later in the day, we arrive at Swakopmund, with time to soak up this town’s beauty and beaches.

Overnight: Swakopsands Hotel, Swakopmund (2 nights) (B, L)
(Standard rooms with en suite bathrooms)

Day 08: Swakopmund

Today, visit a local urban sustainability centre and explore the ways it preserves energy, water and biodiversity on a semi-guided tour. The remainder of the day is free to relax or participate in one of the many optional activities available here, including a scenic flight over the coast or desert. Contact Bestway to pre-book. (B)

Day 09: Swakopmund/Etosha National Park (Drive)

Leaving the coastline behind, we head inland to Etosha National Park, Namibia’s best-known highlight of the North. Our first night is spent at a lodge neighbouring the park, situated on an outcrop of dolomite rocks and overlooking a forest of mopane and white seringa trees. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the pool, or take a leisurely stroll through the natural bush gardens. Optional game drives are also available – contact Bestway to pre-book.

Overnight: Toshari Lodge, Etosha National Park (1 night) (B, D)
(Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 10: Etosha National Park

After breakfast, enter Etosha via the Andersson gate. Declared a national park in 1907, Etosha is home to approximately 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and surprisingly, one species of fish. We enjoy our time in Etosha National Park with exciting game drives spotting leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, rhino and many different types of antelope. Elephants and lions are also particularly common. Our nights are spent at the floodlit water holes encountering the park’s varied animals as they come to drink.

Overnight: Namutoni Camp, Etosha National Park (2 nights) (B, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 11: Etosha National Park

Zebras Etosha Nationalpark

After breakfast at our camp, we embark on another full day of game drives. Keep your eye out for four of the Big Five animals, or try to spot smaller species like the warthog, honey badger, or bat-eared fox. After enjoying a jaw-dropping sunset, a second night at one of Etosha’s famous watering holes provides perhaps the best opportunity in Africa to see one of the park’s black rhinoceros, a highly endangered animal. (B, D)

Day 12: Etosha National Park/Okavango River (Drive)

Our journey continues east as we drive along the Caprivi Strip to the town of Rundu. Here, we visit the Mbunza Living Museum, a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people who make a living from fishing, tending cattle and cultivating crops. We then make our way to our lodge on the banks of the Okavango River, arriving in the late afternoon. Take the rest of the afternoon to relax.

Overnight: Kaisosi River Lodge, Kavango River (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 13: Okavango River/Caprivi (Drive)

Enjoy breakfast and some time in the morning for optional activities such as an early morning boat cruise. Later on, journey to our camp in the western Caprivi region. Continue to our lodge. In the late afternoon, enjoy a sunset cruise to Popa Falls.

Overnight: Nunda River Lodge, Caprivi (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Days 14: Caprivi

Exciting game drives ahead as we drive to Mahangu, situated next to the Okavango River. Enjoy a morning game drive in the Greater Bwabwata National Park, which extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east. The park is home to elephant, roan, kudu, buffalo and prolific birdlife. In the afternoon, we return to our lodge with the remainder of the day at leisure. (B, L, D)

Days 15: Caprivi/Maun (Drive) (BOTSWANA)

Today, we leave Caprivi and journey on to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Our afternoon is at leisure to relax next to the pool, or perhaps, take part in an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (at additional cost, contact Bestway to pre-book).

Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun (1 night) (B, L)
(Chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 16: Maun/Greater Moremi (Drive)

Group of elephants walking

We join our local Botswana guides and are taken on a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in traditional dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta, discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in the Greater Moremi region. Once settled into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.

Overnight: Mankwe Tented Retreat, Greater Moremi (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Meru-style tented camp with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 17: Greater Moremi

Today, we have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4x4 vehicle, we will explore the Moremi Game Reserve, spotting the variety of animals that frequent the region. The area is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals. Its exceptional location makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing is the end of the dry season or spring from August to November. During this season, in order for us to offer the best game viewing possible, extra driving may be required due to the animals migrating closer to the river. In the summer, birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors. (B, L, D)

Day 18: Greater Moremi/Nata (Drive)

After breakfast, leave the bush territory behind and travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans. Once a large river fed lake, the pans are now saline and empty. In the afternoon, we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary. Here we can enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to road conditions and water levels, as well as time constraints.)

Overnight: Nata Lodge, Nata (1 night) (B, D)
(Safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar &  restaurant)

Day 19: Nata/Chobe (Drive)

Close-up shot of a young leopard's face as it walks through the Savannah. Chobe National Park

We head north to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana, covers 10,566 square kilometers. It has one of the greatest concentrations of elephants found anywhere in the world. Afternoon is at leisure to partake in a number of optional activities or relax by the pool.

Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe (2 nights) (B, D)
(Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 20: Chobe National Park

Another incredible game-viewing day, this time at the Chobe National Park. Our morning game drive offers the potential to spot big game up close and encounter large predators. Afternoon we enjoy a cruise safari on the Chobe River, a truly unforgettable experience and one of the best ways to view the animals as they come down to drink. We also experience the unforgettable and spectacular African sunset. We return for dinner at our lodge. (B, D)

Day 21: Chobe/Hwange (Drive) (ZIMBABWE)

An out-of-focus tourist watching an in-focus lioness resting on a rise in dry grass through a car window at Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Today after breakfast, we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe. We drive to Hwange National Park, where we spend the next two nights. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra, as well as a very large concentration of giraffes. It also hosts many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife.

Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Tented chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool & bar area)

Day 22: Hwange

Following breakfast at our lodge, we set out for a full day of exciting game experiences with the chance to see big game, predators and birds. (B, L, D)

Day 23: Hwange/Victoria Falls (Drive)

Aerial view of victoria falls in zimbabwe

An exciting day as we travel to Victoria Falls*, an essential African experience. Our guide will take us on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya, or “the smoke that thunders”. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. The rest of our time in Victoria Falls is at leisure. Feel free to take part in one of the many optional activities, including a helicopter tour of Victoria Falls, a dinner cruise, or a horse back safari.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls (1 night) (B)
(Tented chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool bar & restaurant)

Day 24: Depart Victoria Falls

Our safari ends after breakfast, when we are transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for our departure flight. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

We accept payments in US$, CA$ as well as in other convertible currencies like EUR, AUD and GBP. Tour prices have been costed in US$. CA$ price shown below is an indicative amount reached at by using the conversion rate at the time of web posting and will be applicable if there is no change in the conversion rate. Should the currency conversion rate change, the US$ pricing will prevail. Bestway Tours & Safaris offers a conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

2024 Per Person on
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Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Apr 08; May 19; Jun 03; Jul 11; Aug 04; Sep 11; Oct 28; Nov 11; Dec 05 US$ 6595 US$ 1449  - -
2024 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
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Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
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Apr 08; May 19; Jun 03; Jul 11; Aug 04; Sep 11; Oct 28; Nov 11; Dec 05 CA$ 8904 CA$ 1957 - -

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Guaranteed Departures 2024

Operates on a minimum group size of 2 persons. Other departures require a minimum group size of 4 persons.
  • May 19 (1 spot left)
  • Oct 28 (10 spots left)

Notes

Please Note: The rugged terrain and desert temperatures in Namibia cause significant strain on vehicles, specifically on the aircon systems. The rough, corrugated roads can literally shake the aircon apart and have a strong impact on the power of the vehicles. Please note that vehicles, while still being equipped with aircon, may often not be running with the aircon switched on.

Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 49 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums, sites & game parks included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Airfare: Cape Town/Swakopmund (US$ 290 per person as per currently applicable fares)
  • International airfares excluding Cape Town/Swakopmund flight
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Park fees and activities payment of US$ 435 / CA$ 588

Park Fees & Activities Payment: Payable at time of booking. Covers the cost of local park fees, as well as items and services purchased from villages and towns on our tour itinerary. These items include food and other safari accessories purchased from local farmers/shopkeepers, services of local assistants, etc. The local payment is part of our efforts to generate income in areas our safaris travel through.

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 04 and a maximum of 12 participants
Guaranteed Departures (specific tour departure dates marked by a checkmark) operate on a minimum of only 2 participants.

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

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