Victoria Falls to Cape Town

Overlanding is the only way to see Southern Africa! This fantastic route, taking you on a wonderful overland journey between Zimbabwe's adrenaline hotspot of Victoria Falls and South Africa's iconic city of Cape Town, will give you a deep insight into this amazing continent and take you through some of its amazing highlights and hidden gems. Dragoman have been leading the way in African overland expeditions since 1981, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. Nothing can prepare travellers for the beauty of the landscape in Zimbabwe and Botswana. After visiting the mighty Victoria Falls and enjoying some of the area's brilliant optional activities, we travel south to Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park and take a fantastic open-top jeep safari in search of the area's incredible wildlife. We continue to Bulawayo, where we track the elusive rhinos on foot with our expert local guides, as well as learning about the culture and history of the area by visiting the nearby San cave paintings and the grave of Cecil Rhodes. Crossing into northern Botswana, we head for the stunning salt plains of Makgadikgadi Pans and then on to the spectacular scenery of the Okavango Delta, which we explore by mokoro and wild camp on one of its atmospheric islands! We camp at a traditional San village in Botswana before heading for Namibia, where we will head on safari in the phenomenal Etosha National Park, journey through the unbelievable and barren scenery of Spitzkoppe and the Namib Deserts, visit the adventure town of Swakopmund, climb the colossal sand dunes of Sesriem and see the sunset over the breathtaking Fish River Canyon. This incredible trip ends with a journey down the Western Cape of South Africa to the marvellous city of Cape Town on the continent's southern tip. A truly brilliant tour, and the most comprehensive itinerary through the region which does the area much more justice than some of the rushed itineraries of our competitors. Join us for this wonderful African journey!

Duration: 24 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Canoeing, Parks & Nature Reserves Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158138
Starts: Victoria Falls, Zambia Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Victoria Falls
  • Hwange National Park
  • Bulawayo
  • Matobo National Park
  • Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Maun
  • Okavango Delta
  • D'Kar
  • Windhoek
  • Etosha National Park
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Cape Cross
  • Swakopmund
  • Namib Desert
  • Sesriem & Soussusvlei
  • Bethanie
  • Keetmanshoop
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Noordoewer
  • Citrusdal
  • Cape Town



Day 1: Victoria Falls

Border Information: If joining the trip in Victoria Falls, you will most likely enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport (IATA code: VFA).

There will be a group meeting at 10:00am at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Your leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting - when you arrive you will easily spot the Dragoman truck as well (to the right-hand-side of the reception), where you'll be able to meet one of our crew.

This afternoon we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Victoria Falls before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Victoria Falls.

In Victoria Falls we will camp in a well equipped campsite. Our camping ground is centrally located on the Zambezi River only four kilometres from the Falls, the perfect place to use as a base for the vast array of adventure activities on offer in the area. Please note that no meals are included in Victoria Falls.


Day 2: Victoria Falls

Today is a free day to allow you to participate in some of the many optional activities on offer. There are various activities and excursions to choose from, including white water rafting and canoeing, horse riding, abseiling or gorge swinging!


Day 3: Hwange National Park

After breakfast we head towards Hwange National Park, stopping en route to visit the Painted Dog Conservation Group for an insight into the plight of the African Wild Dog. We will take an included afternoon game drive in local safari trucks through Hwange National Park.

In Hwange National Park we will camp in the National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).


Day 4: Bulawayo

This morning we will head out on an early morning game drive within Hwange National Park. In the afternoon we will travel to city of Bulawayo in the southeast of Zimbabwe.

In Bulawayo we will stay in a campground with shared facilities, where some upgrades are available.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.


Day 5-6: Matobo National Park

We will spend 2 days in Bulawayo.

On the first day we will have an included day trip to explore the Mataobo National Park, home to a large population of black and white rhinoceros. We have an incredible safari to track them on foot, and also have the chance to visit the grave of Cecil Rhodes and learn all about Zimbabwe's past. 

On the second day we will have free time to explore the city of Bulawayo or take an optional tour of some of the surrounding historical sites.

We will keep this second day flexible so if the whole group wishes to spend more time in the Makgadikgadi Pans then we will be able to move on today instead.


Day 7: Makgadikgadi Pans

Border Information: Exit Zimbabwe at Plumtree, enter Botswana at Ramokgwebana.

Leaving Zimbabwe behind, we have a long drive day today into Botswana to the awesome Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest salt pans in the world.

At the Makgadikgadik Pans we will camp at the intriguingly named "Planet Baobab", a very well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.


Day 8: Makgadikgadi Pans

This morning we will have the time for optional excursions into the Makgadikgadi Pans to see the incredible scenery and go in search of meerkats! In the afternoon we will drive to Maun, where we will prepare for our 2-day/1-night excursion to the Okavango Delta.

In Maun we we stay in a well equipped campsite. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.


Day 9-10: Okavango Delta

This morning we will set off to join the mokoros (pole-driven canoes) for our 2-day/1-night excursion to the Okavango Delta. The Delta is one of the world's most fascinating ecosystems. We will explore the incredible scenery in our small dugout styled canoes and enjoy some walks on the islands in the delta looking for wildlife.

We will wild camp on our night on the Delta, and then return to our campsite in Maun on the afternoon of the second day, where there will be the time for optional scenic flights over the Delta.


Day 11: D'Kar

This morning we will drive south to the village D'kar in the district of Ghanzi. In the afternoon we have an included visit to the Dqãe Qare Game Reserve, a community based tourism project of the San from D'Kar village, where we will go on a bush walk to learn all about the lives and culture of the San.

In D'Kar we will camp at a well equipped camp site in the Dqãe Qare Game Reserve.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.


Day 12: Windhoek

Border Information: Exit Botswana at Manumo, enter Namibia at Buitepos.

Today is a full drive day as we make our way to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.

In Windhoek we will stay at a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.


Day 13-14: Etosha National Park

Today we will drive north from Windhoek to Etosha National Park. Etosha is one of the world's most pre-eminent wildlife areas with good chance to see the 'Big Five'. We will stay in the park for two nights giving us plenty of opportunity for game drives in our truck! 

In Etosha National Park we will camp in the park at the well equipped campsite called Okaukuejo, a particularly spectacular camp as it overlooks a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.


Day 15: Spitzkoppe

Today we will drive south to the stunning mountains of Spitzkoppe. This remote region has breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the colour of the landscape takes on remarkable oranges and reds.

In Spitzkoppe we will wild camp with very limited facilities. 

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.


Day 16-17: Swakopmund

Today we will continue to the old German colonial town of Swakopmund, where we will have 2 nights to explore the town and enjoy some of the many optional adventure activities on offer.

We will also have an included visit to Cape Cross en route from Spitzkoppe, to experience the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shore.

In Swakopmund we will stay in a local guesthouse. 

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.


Day 18: Namib Desert

Today we will drive from Swakopmund to Sesriem, our base for exploring the spectacular Namib Desert. If time allows, en route we will have the option to take a short walking tour of the desert around Solitaire where we can learn all about the ecosystem of the desert - please note that our time available for this is dependent on the time of the sunset, as they close the gates to our Sesriem campsite at sunset.

In Sesriem we will camp at a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.



Day 19: Sesriem & Soussusvlei

Today we have an early morning start to climb to the top of the famous Dune 45 for a dramatic and incredible sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. We will also have chance to explore the otherworldy landscape of the Dead Vlei. In the afternoon, we head south to our river camp near the small town of Bethanie.

At Bethanie we will camp at an eco-tourism campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (not including the Dune 45 excursion).


Day 20: Keetmanshoop

This morning we drive to the strange landscape of the Giant's Playground near Keetmanshoop. We will have a free afternoon to explore the Giant's Playground and the surrounding Quiver Tree Forest.

In Keetmanshoop we will camp at a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.


Day 21: Fish River Canyon

Today we will leave the Giant's Playground and head south to the dramatic secnery of the Fish River Canyon. Here we will have a good amount of time for exploration and taking in the beautiful sunset over the canyon. 

At Fish River Canyon we will camp in a basic campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.


Day 22: Noordoewer

This morning we will drive to Noordoewer, next to the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River - the natural border between Namibia and South Africa. There is also a possibility of visiting the Ais Ais hot springs en route. This afternoon we can take the opportunity to take an optional canoeing tour on the Orange River. 

In Noordoewer we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.


Day 23: Citrusdal

Border Information: Exit Namibia at Noordoewer, enter South Africa at Noordoewer.

Today we cross the border into South Africa and head down the Western Cape to Citrusdal. In the evening we will have the option for some wine tasting!

In Citrusdal we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.


Day 24: Cape Town

Border Information: If finishing in Cape Town, you will most likely exit South Africa at Cape Town International Airport (IATA code: CPT).

Our final day takes us down the Western Cape to the charming and beautiful city of Cape Town. 

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Cape Town. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

If leaving today, please do not book international departure flights until after 9:00pm on departure day.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

    • Visit to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in Africa
    • Jeep safaris through Hwange National Park
    • Visit to the Painted Dog Conservation project near Hwange
    • Guided walking safari in search of White Rhino in Matobo National Park
    • Learn all about the colonial history of Southern Africa at a visit to the grave of Cecil Rhodes
    • Head on an unforgettable 2-day/1-night guided safari deep into the Okavango Delta, including Mokoro trips and bushwalking safaris
    • Walk with the San tribespeople, learning all about their life and culture
    • Watch a traditional trance-dance and storytelling from the San around the fire in the evening
    • Search for all manner of African wildlife on a safari in our overland truck through the incredible Etosha National Park
    • Freely explore the stunning primeval landscape of Spitzkoppe, and walk to the nearby ancient San rock paintings
    • Visit the largest Cape Seal colony at Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast
    • Climb the colossal sand dune of Dune 45 to witness the incredible shifting colours of the Namib deserts at sunrise
    • Explore the other-worldly landscapes of the Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei salt pans
    • Explore the unique Quiver Tree Forest and the Giant's Playground rock formations
    • Freely explore the ridge at the top of the incredible Fish River Canyon, and take in the jaw-dropping sunset vistas from the best viewpoint of the canyon
    Tour Staff
    • 3 crew members including an African camp master
    • 90% Camping - 10% Hotels
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