SOUTHERN EXPERIENCE: OVERLAND VICTORIA FALLS TO CAPE TOWN

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

Embark on an overland adventure from legendary Victoria Falls to vibrant Cape Town, enjoying some of Africa’s best game-viewing and cultural experiences along the way. See the world’s largest population of elephants at Chobe National Park, view incredible concentrations of wildlife in the Okavango Delta, see earth’s tallest sand dunes at Sossusvlei, experience the scenic Cedarberg mountains and much more on this incredible journey through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

This journey can also be done in reverse - see our Northern Experience tour for details

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Victoria Falls 3. Namib Sand Sea in Namib-Naukluft National Park
2. Okavango Delta 4. Table Mountain at the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
Tour Information
Tour Duration : 24 days
Min. Tour Size : 04 persons
Max. Tour Size : 12 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Victoria Falls (ZIMBABWE)
Day 02: VIctoria Falls/Chobe (Drive) (BOTSWANA)
(B, L, D)
Day 03: Chobe National Park
(B)
Day 04: Chobe/Caprivi (Drive) (NAMIBIA)
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Caprivi/Okavango Delta (Drive) (BOTSWANA)
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Okavango Delta
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Okavango Delta/Kavango River (Drive) (NAMIBIA)
(B, L)
Day 08: Kavango River/Etosha National Park (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 09: Etosha National Park
(B, L)
Day 10: Etosha National Park
(B, L, D)
Day 11: Etosha/Kamanjab (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 12: Kamanjab/Omaruru (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 13: Omaruru/Sptizkoppe/Swakopmund (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 14: Swakopmund/Cape Cross/Swakopmund (Drive)
(B)
Day 15: Swakopmund/Sossusvlei (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 16: Sossusvlei
(B, L, D)
Day 17: Sossusvlei/Fish River Canyon (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 18: Fish River Canyon/Orange River (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 19: Orange River
(B, L, D)
Day 20: Orange River/Cedarberg Mountains (Drive) (SOUTH AFRICA)
(B, L, D)
Day 21: Cedarberg Mountains/Cape Town (Drive)
(B, L)
Day 22: Cape Town
(B, L)
Day 23: Cape Town
(B)
Day 24: Depart Cape Town
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Victoria Falls (ZIMBABWE)

Welcome to majestic Victoria Falls, home of one of the world’s natural wonders! On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day may be spent relaxing, or enjoying one of the many exciting optional activities Victoria Falls has to offer, including stunning helicopter flights over the falls, guided walking and boat tours of the falls, a traditional village tour and a canopy tour. For a full list of optional activities, and to pre-book, please contact Bestway Tours & Safaris. In the afternoon, we enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. This evening, we will meet with our guide and the rest of our group for a pre-departure briefing.

Overnight: A’Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls (1 night)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 02: VIctoria Falls/Chobe (Drive) (BOTSWANA)

The morning is free to explore majestic Victoria Falls with a boat cruise or walking tour. Standing at a towering 1,708 meters long and 108 meters high, five million cubic meters of water thunder their way over the falls each minute - truly an incredible site to behold! A mid-morning departure takes us to Botswana for the next two nights. Our evening is spent on the edge of Chobe National Park with free time to relax or participate in optional activities.

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

Day 03: Chobe National Park

We rise early this morning for an exciting game drive through Chobe National Park, a highlight of Botswana safari tours. This park has one of the greatest concentrations of elephants found on the African continent. In the afternoon, we embark on a cruise of the Chobe River, offering incredible close-up views of hippos, crocodiles and other animals gathering at the river shores, as well as a spectacular African sunset. (B)

Day 04: Chobe/Caprivi (Drive) (NAMIBIA)

We journey through Chobe National Park on our way into Namibia. A drive through the scenic Caprivi takes us to our camp on the banks of the Kwando River - look out for elephants and other wildlife along the way! The afternoon is free to sit back and soak in the sights and sounds of the Kwando River, or participate in a number of optional activities.

Overnight: Camp Kwando, Caprivi (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Permanent tented chalets with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Days 05: Caprivi/Okavango Delta (Drive) (BOTSWANA)

We leave our camp on the Caprivi for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta*. Unlike other deltas, the Okavango flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. One of Africa’s best great wildlife habitats, the Okavango is a highlight of any Botswana safari. It offers breathtaking scenery and huge concentrations of game life. En route to camp, we go on an exciting game drive through Mahangu National Park, with the chance to spot sable, elephant, hippo, buffalo and many types of antelope, as well as more than 420 different bird species.

Overnight: Guma Lagoon Camp, Okavango Delta (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Permanent tents with en suite bathrooms, bar area)

Day 06: Okavango Delta

We spend the day exploring the Okavango’s unique network of water pathways, floating through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes). Along the way, we will discover a variety of birds and wildlife. We also stop at a secluded island to take a 1.5 hour guided walk with the opportunity to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water-filled paradise. Once-in-a-lifetime optional helicopter flight experiences over the scenic delta are also available. Please contact Bestway Tours & Safaris for more information. (B, L, D)

Days 07: Okavango Delta/Kavango River (Drive) (NAMIBIA)

Leaving Botswana, we journey into Namibia to Rundu via the game-rich Caprivi. A relaxing afternoon is spent at our lodge on the banks of the Kavango River.Relax at the pool or take part in optional activities such as a visit to the Mbunza Living Museum (a traditional cultural school and communal business for the local Kavango people) or a sunset cruise.

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

Day 08: Kavango River/Etosha National Park (Drive)

This morning, we head out to Etosha National Park. 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.

Overnight: Namutoni, Etosha National Park (1 night) (B, L)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 09: Etosha National Park

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: Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park (2 nights) (B, L)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 10: Etosha National Park

After breakfast at our camp, we embark on another full day of game drives. We keep our 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, L, D)

Day 11: Etosha/Kamanjab (Drive)

We leave the wildlife of Etosha behind and journey on to the spectacular scenery of Damaraland, heading for Kamanjab. In the afternoon, we explore a Himba village. Here we have the rare chance to learn about and understand the ways of the last traditional tribe in Namibia, the Ova-Himba.

Overnight: Oppi Koppi Restcamp, Kamanjab (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Chalets with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 12: Kamanjab/Omaruru (Drive)

Following our unique cultural experience in Kamanjab, we head southwards to Omaruru. Once a mission station, this settlement has great historic significance and has evolved into an artistic hub for local crafts and small industries. We enjoy a charming stop at a local distillery and small wine cellar to taste some of its home-grown produce before arriving at our accommodation.

Overnight: Omaruru Guest House, Omaruru (1 night) (B, L)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool and dining room area)

Day 13: Omaruru/Sptizkoppe/Swakopmund (Drive)

We move westward across the desert on our way to Spitzkoppe, a legendary group of granite mountains known for its vibrant colours. We walk through the boulders to see the ancient Bushmen paintings and engravings before heading toward the coast. Our evening is spent in the cute coastal town of Swakopmund, an oasis set between the vast Namibian desert and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

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

Day 14: Swakopmund/Cape Cross/Swakopmund (Drive)

This morning, we follow the barren Skeleton Coast our of Swakopmund to visit Cape Cross, the largest breeding place for Cape Fur seals in the world. Upon our return to Swakopmund, our afternoon is free. Relax and soak up the atmosphere of this charming German town, or participate in optional activities, including a Living Desert tour, a dolphin, seal and whale cruise, or a kayaking or fishing excursion. Contact Bestway Tours & Safaris for a full list of optional activities and to pre-book. (B)

Day 15: Swakopmund/Sossusvlei (Drive)

En route to Sossusvlei, we journey through the scenic 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, and home to some of the rarest plant and animal species in existence.

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

Day 16: Sossusvlei

An early start this morning 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 17: Sossusvlei/Fish River Canyon (Drive)

A long but scenic drive ahead as we make our way to beautiful Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon on earth. Later in the evening, we take in another amazing African sunset with magnificent views at the edge of the canyon.

Overnight: Canyon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Days 18: Fish River Canyon/Orange River (Drive)

This morning, journey to the banks of the Orange River, the natural border between South Africa and Namibia. En route, enjoy a stop at Ai-Ais, where we stop for lunch. Here thermal water gushes from the hot springs. This healing water is rich in sulphates and fluorides, and boasts a temperature of approximately 60 degrees Celsius.

Overnight: Felix Unite Camp Provenance, Orange River (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Chalets with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool and bar)

Day 19: Orange River

After breakfast at our accommodation, we put our feet up and enjoy a relaxing canoe voyage as we drift downstream on the stunning Orange River. Mind the rapids though! (B, L, D)

Day 20: Orange River/Cedarberg Mountains (Drive) (SOUTH AFRICA)

Making our way across the border into South Africa, we continue our journey down the West Coast. In spring, we will get to see impressive carpets of wildflowers in the famous Namaqualand region. We arrive in Clanwilliam, one of the oldest towns in the country, in the late afternoon. Nestled at the foot of the Cedarberg Mountains, this charming town offers awe-inspiring views.

Overnight: Clanwilliam Lodge, Cedarberg Mountains (1 night) (B, L, D)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, restaurant, bar and swimming pool)

Day 21: Cedarberg Mountains/Cape Town (Drive)

This morning, enjoy a unique tasting of a local favourite - Rooibos tea. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and has well-known health benefits. Next, a drive through the mountains brings us to our final destination, Cape Town. En route, we pause at a beach on the Atlantic Ocean for a beautiful view of Table Mountain across the bay.

Overnight: The Townhouse Hotel, Cape Town (3 nights) (B, L)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, bar and restaurant)

Day 22: Cape Town

After breakfast at our hotel, we take the cable car up the legendary Table Mountain* (subject to weather) for spectacular views of the Mother City and the surrounding peninsula. Here lies Africa’s southern tip – the Cape of Good Hope. Back in the city, we will see the Company Gardens, Greenmarket Square, the SA Museum and the colourful, picturesque Malay Quarter known as Bo-Kaap. If we are taking this tour in 2019, enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at a local wine estate in Constantia.  Balance of the day is free to enjoy this beautiful city. (B, L)

Day 23: Cape Town

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. Here we have the option to take a boat trip to Seal Island (seasonal, cost not included). 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 24: Depart Cape Town

Our exciting African safari tour ends after breakfast, when we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. Or, extend our adventure with additional nights in Cape Town! (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

2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 19; Apr 14; May 04 & 30; Jun 20; Aug 07; Sep 07; Oct 26**; Dec 09 US$ 4685 US$ 1165 US$ 1600  US$ 1700
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2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 19; Apr 14; May 04 & 30; Jun 20; Aug 07; Sep 07; Oct 26**; Dec 09 CA$ 6325 CA$ 1573 CA$ 1430  CA$ 1580 
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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/lodge taxes
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers on seat-in-coach basis
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums, sites & game parks included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Park fees and activities payment of US$ 200 / CA$ 270

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

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.