Cape to Vic Falls to Johannesburg

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Cape Town South Africa
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Johannesburg South Africa
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa Namibia Botswana Zimbabwe

Tour Dates

2018
  • 2018
  • 2019
July
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
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  • June
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  • October
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Overview

This is the Master of tours. Starting in Cape Town, at the southern point of Africa, with its Fynbos and more varieties of flora than the whole of Britain put together. Progressing up the west coast, then into Namibia, through some of the biggest sand dunes on the planet, upwards to the Okavango Delta, Then onto the salt flats of the Makgadikgadi. Going Northwards through Kasane to Victoria Falls. On to the Matopos, coming down to Hwange Reserve with its vast elephant herds, then, back via Botswana to the city of Gold- Johannesburg. We cover a great deal of distance on some remote and rough roads, but for those who truly seek adventure, the natural wonders that we encounter more than compensate for any discomfort. Departures guaranteed with minimum of 2 – 4 people.

Tour price: 06/01/2018 to 29/12/2018 – €2395 (no local payment)

Tour price: 05/01/2019 to 28/12/2019 – €2495 (no local payment)

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 - 2: CAPE TOWN

Our 24-day adventure starts in one of the most iconic cities in South Africa – Cape Town. We meet at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN at 13h00 on day 1 to spend the afternoon exploring and visiting the some of the sights. During our time in Cape Town, our guide will take guests to hike up Table Mountain with its breath-taking views over the Atlantic, visit Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, the famous waterfront and Hout Bay. We also visit a wine farm and various other sights. Our exact program will depend on the weather. We spend both our nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE located in Seapoint

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Table Mountain Hike / Cape Point National Park / Cape of Good Hope / Wine Tasting / Coastal Roads / Waterfront / Hout Bay

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Greenfire Lodge Cape Town

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner at own expense

DAY 3: WEST COAST

We leave the Mother City behind us and after one last view of Table Mountain from across the bay, we travel north through the “Swartland” and along the West Coast into Namaqualand, a completely new environment shaped largely by the winds blowing off the cold Benguela current. In the early spring, this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of numerous desert adapted flower species. The old Bushmen believed the flowers represented the souls of departed springbok. Our route is one of contrast and ever-changing scenery, from wide open spaces to the dramatic rock formations found in the Cederberg. We overnight along the coast and enjoy a homemade meal

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic Drive along West Coast / West Coast Sunset

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hondehokke Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner (lunch at own expense)

DAY 4 - 5: ORANGE RIVER

Today we travel north to cross the border into Namibia, known for its dramatic landscapes and beautiful desert vistas. Once through the border, we travel the short distance to our base on the banks of the Orange River at Felix Unite. On arrival we pack our gear into 2 man canoes and head for the Orange River, proceeding downstream at a leisurely pace with magic scenery and allow the complete tranquillity to surround and enfold us. The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa, starting in the Eastern Highlands and meandering all the way through the country until it reaches the ocean. Tonight we spend camping on the banks of this mighty river under a canopy of stars, unpolluted skies letting you marvel at the various hues, red, green and blue, only to be interrupted by the dozens of shooting stars you will see. An evening full of magic and stark beauty, giving way to complete awe, a night which you will remember for a long long time to come.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Orange River / Orange River Canoe Experience / Wild Camping

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Wild Camp and Felix Unite Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON - NAMIB

Today we head directly to the iconic Fish River Canyon, second only in size to the mighty Grand Canyon. An iconic landmark in Namibia, it is a destination not to be missed and we will spend some time admiring the landscape and visiting the viewpoints. After exploring the lip of the canyon, we continue into the true Namib and will enjoy a picnic lunch on route to our final destination at our private desert game reserve. On arrival in the late afternoon we setup camp at the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Fish River Canyon / Scenic Drive through Desert Region / Private Desert Game Reserve

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) - Greenfire Desert Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: NAMIB DESERT

The GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP is situated on our private nature reserve within the Namibrand Nature Reserve and is home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora. The camp is spectacularly built against a rock outcrop between the stark mountains and the red dune-fields. During our stay here we will conduct guided walks and drives including a night drive within the reserve allowing us to observe animals at close range. The reserve offers guests a private and secluded desert experience, a day for learning that the desert is not a dead barren wasteland, but a vibrant living thing

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Morning Desert Walk / Afternoon Desert Drive/Night Drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) - Greenfire Desert Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Explore this area on foot on your own

DAY 8: SOSSUSVLEI

An early start, we travel directly to the dune fields of Sossusvlei where we find some of the biggest dunes on earth. We take you to climb the dunes in the morning while the air is still fresh and cool. The last part of our journey to the dunes will be through the thick sand and for this we use an open 4×4 vehicle which will take is into the heart of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei to explore it further on foot. The varied colours of the ever silent dunes at various times of the day, with the utter starkness of the area creates a unique experience. After our extensive dune experience, we continue into the desert where we camp the night.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Dune Climbing / Sossusvlei / Deadvlei / 4 x 4 transfer

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) - Agama Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: DUNES - SWAKOPMUND

A short journey today, we cross the Kuiseb Canyon and the Naukluft Park toward the seaside town of Swakopmund where we spend two nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE SWAKOPMUND. Established in 1892, the town is rich with history, culture and adventure. Originally built as a trading and fishing port it was later found that the nearby Walvis Bay was a more suitable location. Today the town is a visitor’s paradise with various local restaurants, shops and a multitude of activities available. We have a full day here for exploring the town and partaking in some adventure activities.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic Drive through the desert

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Greenfire Lodge Swakopmund

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch (dinner own expense)

DAY 10: SWAKOPMUND

The GREENFIRE LODGE SWAKOPMUND provides the ideal location for exploring the town of Swakopmund with its beaches, markets, curio shops and huge variety of adventure options that include quad biking, sky diving, horse riding, dune boarding, and much more. The nightlife of Swakopmund is also worth experiencing. On both nights here we enjoy a restaurant meal getting the most out of the town and all it has to offer (own expense).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Sky Diving. Market Visits. Quad Biking. Desert tours. Dune Boarding

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Greenfire Lodge Swakopmund

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner own expense in town)

DAY 11: SPITZKOPPE

Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast, a barren stretch of coastline with scattered ship wrecks along the Atlantic Ocean. We visit Cape Cross, where the Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão arrived in the Jan of 1486, planted a Padraô, and declared the surrounding lands to fall under King Joan 11 of Portugal. It is also home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals. We venture back inland and travel through the desert to visit the towering granite peaks found at Spitzkoppe. After exploring the outcrops in the afternoon, we set up camp and enjoy the play of the light during sunset from our seat in the mountain. We spend the night at the foot of the mountain.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Cape Cross Seal Colony. Spittzkoppe

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 - 13: ETOSHA

Beginning our Wildlife Adventure, we enter into The Etosha National Park, the home to a myriad of animals that have adapted, and thrive in this arid environment. Upon arrival, we set up camp and then depart on an extensive afternoon Game Drive. We return to camp to enjoy a sundowner or two at the flood lit water hole, watching nocturnal drinking habits and pecking orders of the thirsty animals, only to retire after a tiring but satisfying day. Continuing through the reserve on a full day game drive within the park, we continue to our next overnight stop in the park. Our guide will take time to explain more about the sights and sounds that surround us. We will use the campsites in the park on both nights.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Etosha National Park. 2 nights’ accommodation inside the park. Full-Day Game Drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: CAPRIVI

After a short game drive, we leave the harshness of the area, and head for the lush lands of the Caprivi. The Caprivi got its name from the German Chancellor Leo von Caprivi who negotiated the land acquisition from the UK in order to gain access to the Zambezi River. From the park we will cover some distance and will travel through many villages and towns, giving us a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people. Tonight we camp on the banks of the mighty Okavango River in relative comfort.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Short morning game drive while we exit Etosha. Scenic drive through Namibia. Caprivi Area

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Ngepi Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 - 16: OKAVANGO DELTA

It is with great excitement that we cross the border into Botswana and make our way towards the Okavango Delta, a massive inland delta that creates a true wilderness. We begin our journey into the delta near the panhandle, gliding through the papyrus lined channels by motorboat to our exclusive wild island. We spend two nights here in true wilderness, exploring the area on foot and by mokoro. (A hand chiselled canoe by the local people out of a tree trunk). There will also be time to simply relax and absorb the remoteness and serenity of the area. Clients will not only learn more about the animals and plants from the local guides but will also interact and have the opportunity to learn more about the people and their way of life in this isolated wilderness area.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Private Island / Motorboat transfer into the Okavango Delta /Guided Game walks in the Delta led by local Motswana guides / Mokoro trips in Delta / Sunset Hippo Cruise

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Private Island - Tented Units

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scenic Helicopter Flight over Delta

DAY 17: MAUN

This morning we enjoy a motorboat transfer across the panhandle and back to our vehicle. Traveling through the Kalahari, we make our way to Maun and on to the DRIFTERS MAUN LODGE where we will have time to relax after our day of traveling.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Private Lodge on the banks of the Boteti River

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Drifters Maun Lodge - Twin-bedded Tented Units

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18: MAKGADIKGADI PANS

We enjoy a relaxed morning at the lodge, spending time along the river bank enjoying the tranquillity of the area, or lounging at the swimming pool. After brunch and an optional village walk, we continue and venture eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans area. Besides the stark scenery, the pans are known for their prolific birdlife and the other desert adapted animals. Without disturbing the surface, we make our way to a remote site where we set up camp and take in the isolation and serenity of this expanse. Although we set up tents, we encourage clients to enjoy a night out under the canopy of stars. With no other lights in the area, our private camping spot provides the perfect location for star gazing and our guides will take time to explain the constellations. As the stars dance above we drift away to sleep. Should the pans be inaccessible for camping we will make use of an alternative campsite in the area.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Visit to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans / Night under the Stars

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Wild Camping (2 Man Dome Tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19: KASANE – VICTORIA FALLS

Venturing north today, we leave the desolation of the pans behind and make our way up to the mighty Chobe River. The Chobe area is known for the huge herds of elephants and other animals that are attracted to drink from the river. Renowned for its Elephant herds, these majestic animals are known for the absolute gentleness and love of their young and affection for their herd. This afternoon we enjoy an extensive boat cruise within Chobe National Park. Gliding close to the banks we hope to approach the animals from the river for close up viewing. Our cruise will explore the Chobe riverfront and a section of the Namibian side of the Chobe River. Back on land, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make our way to the GREENFIRE LODGE VICTORIA FALLS. The lodge is centrally situated and within walking distance of the falls and other attractions.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Chobe National Park / Extensive Boat Cruise on the Chobe River

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Greenfire Lodge Victoria Falls

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20: VICTORIA FALLS

Awaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we explore the amazing Victoria Falls. “Mosi o Tunya “, meaning “The smoke that Thunders”. On this day we include your entry into the falls and leave you to admire this wonder of the world. During our stay, various other attractions can be visited including, the tribal village, the big tree, the curio market and the crocodile farm. Vic Falls is also home to a multitude of adventure activities such as an aircraft flip over the falls or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or bungee jumping, but allowance must be made for the extra expense. We spend two nights here, thus allowing clients some time to explore the town and all it has to offer by themselves. Tonight we will eat out in a local restaurant (own expense). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls and drink the farewell toasts to your adventure.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Victoria Falls Entry fee

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Greenfire Lodge Victoria Falls

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Falls / White water Rafting / Bungee - More options available

DAY 21: HWANGE

We enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the lodge before we leave Victoria Falls behind us and make our way back to the bush. We travel the short distance to the renowned Hwange, well known as one of Africa’s best conservation areas and our base for the night. After an extensive open vehicle drive/walk, we camp at a remote camp overlooking a waterhole teeming with game.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Hwange / Game drive/Walk within the Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Ivory Lodge Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22: BULAWAYO - MATOBO

Today we travel south to the wide streets of Bulawayo; Zimbabwe’s second largest city. We then continue to the Matobo area where, in the afternoon, we enjoy a tour into the national park to view animals and track rhino through the bush on foot. Tonight our camp is situated amongst the balancing boulders of the Matobo Hills which, of course is where the local Matabele tribe helped bury the remains of Cecil John Rhodes, from whom Rhodesia originally derived its name.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Matopos National Park / Rhino Tracking on Foot

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Big Cave Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 23: LIMPOPO

Continuing south today, we cross the border back into Botswana and to our bush camp situated on a private game reserve within the Limpopo valley. On arrival in the afternoon there will be time for a short walk in the surrounding bush.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic Drive / Short Walk

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) - Tuli

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG

This morning we continue our journey and make our way to Johannesburg, the city of gold. We enjoy the scenic drive as we make our way to the end of the tour. The tour ends on arrival in the late afternoon at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic Drive through SA back to Johannesburg

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast (Lunch at own expense)

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