Cape Town to Vic Falls Lite Camping Adventure

From Cape Town to Victoria Falls
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
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  • Drifters Adventure Tours
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Tour Description

Partake in an amazing small group Camping Tour of Southern Africa! This epic tour visits a host of highlights in no fewer than four southern African countries. 

Africa is huge, and we’ll have to drive quite a long way, often on rough roads, but our specially designed safari vehicle is up to the task. Each day will bring something new and exciting.

Departing from Cape Town, we head north to the Orange River, a life-giving miracle in the arid dryness of the Richtersveld. In Namibia we will walk on the some of the world’s highest sand dunes, fall in love with quaint Swakopmund, and explore the wild places of Etosha National Park. Botswana invites us to glide through reed channels in the Okavango Delta, an emerald gem in the vast dry expanse of the Kalahari Desert, and game view by boat in Chobe National Park. In Zimbabwe we will be captivated by the raw power of Victoria Falls while we have the chance to test our nerves in Africa’s adventure playground.

Specifically aimed at the more budget conscious traveller, this tour follows the same routing as our existing Cape Town to Victoria Falls tours; in our standard truck, two guides, high standards & expertise, but it does not include all of the extras.

No time has been included in Cape Town - this city is amazing, so talk to us about helping with your pre tour arrangements!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Cape Town West Coast

We start our tour in Cape Town and leave the Mother City behind us and, after one last iconic 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 dry winds blowing off the cold Benguela current. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of millions of desert flowers, painting the landscape in an unforgettable display of vibrant colours.

Our route is one of contrast and ever-changing scenery, from wide open spaces to the dramatic rock formations found in the Cederberg Mountains. We cover some distance today and overnight in the small town of Springbok, nestled amongst rocky outcrops in the Namaqua Desert.

Day 2
Orange River

Today we 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. This afternoon why not join our river guides, for an optional canoe adventure down the orange river

The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and creates a natural border to Namibia. Seen from above, the river forms a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and the towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park.

For those joining the excursion, we glide downstream past twisted rock formations, the desert a stone’s throw from the water. It’s hot, but the water is inviting. In the late afternoon we return back to camp and enjoy the evening next to the river.

Optional Activities:
- Orange River canoe experience

Day 3
Fish River Canyon

Today we head to the magnificent Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon.

Formed over hundreds of millions of years, the 160km long ravine is a testament to the inexorable power of nature and evidence of ice ages and raging torrents past. Today the Fish River flows only during the wet summer months, reduced to pools of stagnant water in the dry winter. We will inspect nature’s handiwork from the lip of the canyon. We camp nearby, at Hobas.

Day 4
Fish River Canyon Namib

Today we follow a beautifully scenic road into the true Namib, to our destination for the next two nights, the Greenfire Desert Camp.

Located on our 7000 hectare private reserve in the Namib Rand, home to numerous species of desert adapted fauna and flora, the camp is nestled against a rock outcrop, surrounded by stark mountains and red dune-fields.

The reserve offers visitors a private and exclusive desert experience, spectacular vistas, and time to discover the vibrant, living desert, with plants and animals ingeniously adapted to the environment

Day 5
Namib Desert

We conduct a morning walk with our guide to gain close-up insight into the desert and its unique geology and ecology. During the heat of the day it’s customary to relax at the camp, to enjoy the plunge pool and a cold drink, but the energetic are free to explore the surrounding rock formations, to birdwatch, or to sit alone high up on a rock, mesmerised by the changing colours of the vast landscape.

In the afternoon there is the option to explore a bit further afield on an open vehicle desert drive, searching for gemsbok and bat-eared foxes, before stopping at a suitable place to enjoy the red sunset over a traditional sun-downer drink. Once it is dark, we slowly drive back to the camp, hoping to encounter some of the nocturnal animals common to the area, such as porcupine, aardvark, or brown hyena.

Optional Activities:
- Afternoon desert drive / night drive

Day 6

An early start, we travel directly to Sesriem and the dune fields of Sossusvlei. Here we climb one of the biggest sand dunes on earth, to reveal rank upon rank of dunes marching into the distance. We trek into the heart of the dunes on foot into the heart of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. For the not so adventurous there is the option to take the 4 x 4 shuttle at your own expense.

We explore these world-renowned landmarks on foot, the varied colours of the ever silent red dunes, the white salt pan and the utterly stark beauty a truly memorable experience.

We stop to view Sesriem Canyon, and then continue into the desert where we camp for the night.

Optional Activities:
- 4 x 4 transfer into Sossusvlei

Day 7
Dunes Swakopmund

A relatively short journey today, we cross Kuiseb Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, stopping briefly in Walvis Bay, Namibia’s major port, before arriving in the seaside town of Swakopmund.

Established in 1892, the German colonial influence is evident in the history, architecture, culture and cuisine of the town to this day. Modern Swakopmund is a visitor’s paradise, with great restaurants and shops, friendly locals and a multitude of adventure activities on offer. We will spend two nights here, giving us a full day to explore the town, and to be thrilled by our choice of adventure. For those who want to relax and wash the desert dust away, the beaches are fantastic – the white sand warmed by the hot desert sun, but the Atlantic Ocean always remains refreshingly cool.

Day 8

Today we are free to explore the town, with its beaches, markets and curio shops. A huge variety of adventure options are available, including quad biking, sky diving, dune boarding, ocean safari, fishing and much more. To really get the feel of Swakopmund, we will eat at local restaurants on both nights (own expense).

Optional Activities:
- Sky diving
- Quad biking
- Desert tours
- Dune boarding
- Ocean adventure, seal, dolphin, whale watching, fishing.

Day 9

Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast, a barren and desolate stretch of coastline trapped between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert, with scattered shipwrecks littering the beaches.

The Bushmen called this “The Land That God Made in Anger”. Before venturing back inland, travelling through the vast desert to the towering granite peaks of the Spitzkoppe, its highest peak stretching 600 meters above the desert floor, amongst a riot of giant boulders and secret caves. We have the afternoon to explore this monolith, camping tonight at the foot of the mountain.

Day 10-11
Etosha National Park

Etosha is unique. At its heart is a vast salt pan, Etosha Pan, nearly 5000km² of dazzling white, sun-baked lake bed in the dry winter, and a shallow sea with tens of thousands of strutting flamingos, jumping fish and lurking terrapins in summer. Surrounding this pan is a varied landscape of bushveld and grassland, home to hundreds of species of wildlife.

We will spend these days exploring the expanses of the park from the high vantage point of our vehicle, game driving, and visiting water holes. During peak season, when the rest camps are crowded, we may opt to camp outside the park.

Day 12

Today we cover some distance, travelling through towns and villages of northern Namibia, giving us a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people. We arrive on the banks of the Okavango River, suddenly green, lush and inviting. Not far from here the river empties into the Okavango Delta, but right here the river is strong and deep, the trees tall and the crocodiles huge. The cool shade of the river bank is a welcome respite from the bright Namibian sun.

Day 13-14
Okavango Delta

It is with great excitement that we cross the border into Botswana and travel the short distance to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and a truly unique spectacle of nature.

The Okavango River, emanating from central Angola, far to the northwest, flows south- and
eastwards, before slowing and spreading into one of the world’s only true inland deltas, creating as it does so a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and of course the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle - all combine to create the canvas of one of nature’s unique masterpieces. The river, eventually spilling its contents into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands, disappears.

Our comfortable and well-appointed camp on the edge of one of the largest lagoons serves as a base from which we explore. We will glide through narrow reed-lined channels by mokoro, walk on uninhabited islands, and picnic in the wilderness, while learning about the animals and plants of the Delta from local guides who have grown up in the area. Through informal interaction with the guides, we will have the opportunity to learn about the local people and their way of life in this isolated wilderness. We will also have time to simply relax and enjoy the views over a glistening lagoon from a beautiful wooden deck, cold drink in hand, or take a refreshing dip in the pool. We will enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on a boat. A helicopter flip, to see the vastness of the Delta from the air, is recommended (own expense).

Optional Activities:
- Scenic helicopter flight over the Delta

Day 15

Starting early, we begin our journey to frontier town of Maun. We will spend some time stocking up on basic supplies, before travelling the short distance out of town to the Drifters Maun Tented Lodge, our stop for the night.

The lodge is situated on the banks of the Boteti River. This river is known to change its flow direction, depending upon the season and rainfall patterns. The lodge offers comfortable en suite accommodation, swimming pool, bar, restaurant and birdlife

Day 16
Makgadikgadi Pans

We enjoy a relaxed morning at the lodge, spending time along the river bank, savouring the tranquillity of the area, or lounging at the swimming pool. For those interested, we recommend a local village walk. Chenoga Village, not far from our lodge, is not on a regular tourist route, so you have the opportunity to explore an authentic village with one of our staff from the lodge, who lives in the village.

We have a late brunch before continuing our journey eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans area. Oceans of golden grass give way to the stark white pans, under a very big sky.

We stop to take in the serene isolation of this expanse, before setting up our camp for the night, . In some seasons the pans are not easily accessible, in which case we will camp at an interesting elephant watering hole,where. Close-up sightings of elephants at the water hole are almost guaranteed.

Day 17
Kasane Victoria Falls

Venturing north today, we make our way to the slow, placid Chobe River, an ideal habitat for hippos and crocodiles, and an attraction to some of the biggest herds of elephant and buffalo on earth.

This afternoon take an optional boat cruise on the river, within Chobe National Park. Gliding close to the banks, we hope to silently approach the animals that come down to the river to drink.For those not opting for the criuise, take a stroll around the little town of Kasane and stock up on those much needed supplies. Back on land, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make our way to our accommodation for the next two nights. The Camp ground is centrally situated and within walking distance of the falls and other attractions.

Optional Activities:
- Chobe National Park
- Extensive boat cruise on the Chobe River

Day 18
Victoria Falls

Awaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we explore the amazing Victoria Falls, locally known as "Mosi-oa-Tunya ", meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”. Your entry fee to the falls is NOT included in the tour price, and you are free to spend as much time viewing the falls, and exploring the surrounding rain forest, as you like.

During our stay in Victoria Falls, various other attractions can be visited, like the tribal village or curio market. 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 of these optional activities.

We spend two nights here, thus allowing you some time to explore the town and all it has to offer and to focus on the attractions and activities that interest you. We eat out in a local restaurant on both nights (own expense). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls, and drink a toast to your adventure.

Optional Activities:
- Scenic helicopter flight over the Falls
- White water rafting
- Bungee jump
- More options available
- Victoria Falls entry fee

Day 19
Victoria Falls

The tour will officially come to an end after breakfast.

The truck and the guides will start their 2 day Journey back to Johannesburg, should you want to return to Johannesburg, there is the option to jump on board for a minimal fee, or you can extend your stay in Vic Falls or continue on your own arrangements.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 2 nights lodge accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 16 nights camping in comfortable dome tents
  • Included Copy 7 A sleeping bag, pillow and towel are required for this trip.
  • Included Copy 20 18 breakfasts
  • Included Copy 20 15 lunches
  • Included Copy 20 14 dinners
  • Included Copy 7 alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, restaurant meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 2 licensed, professional tour managers.
  • Included Copy 20 Group Equipment
  • Included Copy 7 visas, tips, flights, airport taxes, airport transfers or any optional extras


  • Included Be amazed at the spectacular desert landscapes found in Namib Desert private reserve
  • Included Visit Sossusvlei where you will see the famous 'Big Daddy' and 'Dune 45'
  • Included Discover the charming streets lined with German colonial-era buildings in Swakopmund
  • Included Wildlife spot in Etosha National Park and visit the vast salt pan
  • Included Glide through narrow reed-lined channels by mokoro and walk on uninhabited islands in the Delta
  • Included OPTIONAL EXTRA: Game flight – Okavango Delta
  • Included OPTIONAL EXTRA: Quad biking
  • Included OPTIONAL EXTRA: 4x4 trip to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
  • Included OPTIONAL EXTRA: Chobe National Park boat cruise
  • Included OPTIONAL EXTRA: Victoria Falls National Park with entry fee included
  • Included OPTIONAL EXTRA: Bungee jumping, White Water Rafting, Sky Diving
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