From the dynamic city of Cape Town, to the scorched deserts of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe, this tour endeavours to show the highlights of the region. On a journey of contrasts, we will canoe the Orange River, climb giant sand dunes, game drive in some of Africa’s best-known parks, and view the mighty Victoria Falls.
We cover a great deal of distance on some remote and rough roads and clients must be prepared for this but the natural wonders that we encounter more than compensate for any discomfort – for those who truly seek adventure.
This tour departs every saturday, please inquire regarding availability.
DAY 1 – 2: CAPE TOWN
We all meet at the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN at 13h00 to spend the afternoon exploring and visiting the sights. We have one-and-a-half days here, in which time we will hike Table Mountain, visit Cape Point, the Waterfront, Hout Bay, a wine farm, and numerous other sights. Our exact program will depend on the weather. Overnight at the GREENFIRE LODGE on the beachfront for the two nights (lunches and dinners own expense). B ; B
DAY 3: WEST COAST
We leave the Mother City behind us, and after a last view of Table Mountain from across the bay we travel north through the “Swartland” and along the West Coast into Namaqualand. In the early spring this usually barren area comes to life with the blooming of numerous desert adapted flower species. Overnight on the coast. B D
DAY 4 – 5: ORANGE RIVER
Today we cross the border into Namibia, then travel the short distance to our base camp on the banks of the Orange River from where we begin our canoe adventure. Once we have packed all of our gear into our two-man canoes, we set off into the wilderness. The Orange River creates an awesome spectacle, a green ribbon winding its way through the desert and towering mountains of the Richtersveld National Park. We will spend one night camping on the banks, under the desert skies, and will then return to our base camp and vehicle to camp the next night in relative comfort. B L D ; B L D
DAY 6: FISH RIVER CANYON – NAMIB
Today we head directly to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest of its kind in the world. After visiting the viewpoints and exploring the lip of the Canyon, we continue into the true Namib to set up camp at the GREENFIRE DESERT CAMP. B L D
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. B L D
DAY 8: SOSSUSVLEI
A relaxed start, we travel directly to the dune fields of Sossusvlei. The last part of our journey to the dunes will be through the thick sand and for this we use an open 4 x 4 vehicle. After climbing the dunes for the spectacular view from the summit, we return to our vehicle and then continue to the quirky trading post of Solitaire where we will camp the night. B L D
DAY 9: SOLITAIRE – SWAKOPMUND
A short journey today, we cross the Kuiseb Canyon and the Naukluft Park toward the seaside town of Swakopmund where we will spend two nights at the GREENFIRE LODGE SWAKOPMUND. B L D
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 many more. The nightlife of Swakopmund is also worth experiencing. Tonight we enjoy a restaurant meal (own expense) B
DAY 11: BRANDBERG
Today we head north up the Skeleton Coast to the seal colony of Cape Cross before venturing back inland. We travel through the desert to visit the Bushman rock paintings at Brandberg, we then set up camp and spend the night at the foot of the mountain. We hope to see the rare desert elephants on this day. B L D
DAY 12 – 13: ETOSHA
For an incredible wildlife experience, today we enter the Etosha National Park, and after setting up camp, enjoy an extensive afternoon game drive. We return to camp to spend the evening game viewing at the floodlit waterhole. Continuing through the reserve, we game drive across the Park to camp the night. One night we dine at a camp restaurant (own expense). B L D ; B L
DAY 14: CAPRIVI
Leaving the harsh desert landscapes behind us, we travel north to the lush Caprivi area. Tonight we will camp on the banks of the mighty Okavango River. B L D
DAY 15 – 16: OKAVANGO DELTA
A short drive today to the Pan Handle, from where we will enjoy a motor-boat trip into the heart of the Okavango Delta. Once in the Delta we continue by Mekoro – the traditional dugout canoe to our remote camp. This is truly nature’s wonderland and a huge variety of wildlife will be witnessed in its natural state. We will spend 2 nights camping wild and exploring this remote paradise. B L D ; B L D
DAY 17: MAUN
This morning we enjoy a mekoro and boat transfer across the Pan-Handle and back to the vehicle. Then, traveling through the Kalahari we make our way to Maun and on to the DRIFTERS MAUN LODGE where we relax for the afternoon at the swimming pool. B L D
DAY 18: NATA
After a relaxing morning, we leave the DRIFTERS MAUN LODGE and continue our journey through the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to the oasis-like camp of Nata. B L D
DAY 19: KASANE – VICTORIA FALLS
Traveling north through the Chobe forest reserves, we head for the border town of Kasane from where we will venture into the renowned Chobe National Park in search of the large concentrations of animals that this area is known for. Late this afternoon we cross the border and drive the short distance to the GREENFIRE LODGE VICTORIA FALLS where we spend the following nights in comfort. One night enjoy a “braai” and experience traditional dancing around the pool. B L D
DAY 20: VICTORIA FALLS
This morning we awake to the “Adventure Capital of Africa” – Victoria Falls. We will have a full day here, giving us ample time to explore the Falls and to participate in the multitude of activities on offer, white water rafting, bungi jumping, aircraft flips etc. (An evening’s meal and lunch will be at your own expense.) B
DAY 21: HWANGE
After some free time in the town, it’s back to the wilderness. We travel the short distance to Hwange, well known as one of Africa’s best conservation areas. After an extensive open vehicle drive/walk, we camp at a remote camp overlooking a waterhole teeming with game. B L D
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 precariously balancing boulders that this area is known for. B L D
DAY 23: MACHETE
Continuing south today, we cross the border back into South Africa and to our bushcamp situated on a private game reserve within the Limpopo valley. B L D
DAY 24: JOHANNESBURG
This morning we conduct a short walk to view the magnificent bushman paintings surrounding our camp before making the journey to Johannesburg. The tour ends at the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG in the late afternoon. B
The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.
The 24 Day Cape Town to Johannesburg via Vic Falls Tour departs from Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg on the last day. Guests can extend their stay in South Africa by booking Pre-Tour Accommodation at the Greenfire Lodge Cape Town or alternatively Post-Tour Accommodation at the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg. Please contact Drifters or your agent for more information.
|Optional Activities in Cape Town,
|Roben Island Tour – 3 hours|
|Abseiling of Table Mountain|
|White Shark Diving|
|Optional Activities in Swakopmund,
|Quad Biking – 1 hour|
|Living Desert Tour|
|Optional Activities in Victoria Falls,
|White Water Rafting – Low water|
|White Water Rafting – High water|
|Tandem – Gorge Swing|
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependant
PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION 24 DAY CAPE TOWN TO JOHANNESBURG VIA VICTORIA FALLS TOUR
Should it be necessary to avoid Zimbabwe for whatever reason, we will simply deviate to Botswana for this portion of the tour. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. This tour covers vast distances and is not for the faint-hearted. A valid passport is required. Seasonal malaria precautions are advised and are locally obtainable. During winter the temperature can drop very low at night, clients should be prepared for this. Our price includes transport, food, (no food kitty), coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, a professional guide, group equipment, accommodation, permits and park entry fees, Vic Falls entry. The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, tips, curios and optional extras. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information.
Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
Your tour will depart from:
– The Greenfire Lodge Cape Town, 9 Arthurs Road, Sea Point, CAPE TOWN @13h00.
– Guests not staying at the Drifters Lodge must arrive at the Lodge at 12h00.
– Tel: 0027 (0) 21 439 2412
Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.
ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR
Please note that linen will be provided at the Cape Town Lodge and Johannesburg Lodge, BUT you will need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour. The nights specified as accommodated on tour is a total upgrade from camping, but stays very basic.
Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source on night 1, 2, 9, 10, 20
There is a central charging point on night 5, 13, 14, 17, 18
Currency exchange opportunities on tour: Arrival at Cape Town Airport, 3, 10, 17, 19
Limited Laundry facilities on Days: 7, 13 – 14, 16 – 18 (Essential washing only)
Limited Laundry facilities on day: 10, 20 (Essential washing only)
Internet facilities: Pre night in Cape Town, Day 10, 17
We sell a range of barrel bags at the Drifters shop starting from € 50 nett per bag.
All our tours require participation from all tour members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes and keeping the truck clean.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We are travelling in developing countries; please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to itineraries as much as possible.
DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!
Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries, (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa) that you will visit. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents. Please ensure that you have proof of further travel arrangements if you do not have a South African- passport, permanent residency permit, work permit or study permit.
The contact telephone number: Namibian Tourist Office in Johannesburg: (011) 327 1006
Or visit Namibia Tourism at www.namibiatourism.com.na
The contact telephone number: Botswana Consulate in Johannesburg: (011) 403 3748/9
Or visit Botswana Tourism at www.botswanatourism.co.bw
The contact telephone number: Zimbabwe Consulate in Johannesburg: (011) 838 2156/9
Or visit Zimbabwe Tourism at www.zimbabwetourism.net
Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country.
Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
The South African Rand and the Namibian Dollar are both used in Namibia. Botswana Pula is the currency used in Botswana. Zimbabwe uses most major currencies, US Dollar or South African Rand. All major currencies can be exchanged in both Botswana and Namibia. Major credit cards can be used for expenses such as restaurant meals, etc. in Namibia; a small trading store will probably not have the facilities to deal with a credit card. Although Travellers cheques are a safe way to transport money there are only limited opportunities to exchange your Travelers Cheques for cash. Please ensure that you have a certain amount of cash in Rands or any other major currency in small denominations. Counterfeit currency is a problem and high denomination notes are often treated with suspicion. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passports.
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS
The only necessary prophylaxis for Southern Africa (Botswana, the Northern part of Namibia and Zimbabwe) is against Malaria. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. Resistant strains of Malaria occur in the Northern part of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and adequate chemo-prophylaxis is essential. Prevention is better than cure, please use insect repellant on exposed areas after sunset.
We recommend that guests start taking prophylaxis from Swakopmund on this tour.
All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.
Please note that Southern African weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C – although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C. Please take weather conditions into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag for your tour. Take note that Namibia can be very cold at night during winter.
CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along.
Swimming Costume & Towel
Passport/Visas (if applicable)
Mosquito Net (Optional)
***Refreshments (alcohol, coke etc)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Camera, Binoculars (Film)
Books (Birds, Mammals etc.)
* Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s HARD SUITCASES ARE NOT SUITABLE!!
** Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals on the tour.
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website during the tour. On the last day of tour we only provide breakfast. We do however stop en-route; therefore it is always possible to buy something along the way. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense, there will be ample opportunities during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up on snacks for a couple of days, however all the GREENFIRE Lodges on tour have bar facilities and bottled water.
Drinking water will be available on the truck, please note that this is not bottled water.
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals, sundry goods purchased – such as batteries, suntan cream etc., all alcohol and soft beverages, curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips. In Southern Africa it is common courtesy to tip casual help for services rendered. In the case of your guide, if you were happy with his or her services, an amount of R50 per day per person would constitute a reasonable tip. By not tipping for services you are expressing displeasure.
Credit card payments are not accepted for the activities in Victoria Falls. Payments must be made in cash in the following currencies, South African Rand or US Dollar.