Africa on a Shoestring tour

Africa on a Shoestring tour

Tour Experience

Comprehensive camping tour of South and Central Africa

Available

Regular departures throughout the year

Location

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

This comprehensive 20-day tour explores the famous route from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, traversing South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, and ending in Zimbabwe. It's a truly grand African experience.

Start your tour at Table Mountain in Cape Town then travel across the barren flats of the Etosha Pans in Namibia. On the way we will watch the sunrise from the summit of Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, raft down the Orange River in Namibia and visit the busy town of Swakopmund. From Etosha we head east to Botswana where you can take and optional Mokoro ride through the Okavango Delta and then take in sunset on a boat cruise on the Chobe River before ending your tour at Victoria Falls, the ideal way to finish a perfect tour of Africa!

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INCLUDED

  • 19 night's camping
  • Camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • All transport using our 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide for all sightseeing tours
  • Meals: 20 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 15 dinners

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Extras and Activity Package - these are mentioned in the day to day itinerary
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Cape Town – Cederberg Mountain Region

We leave Cape Town this morning so we recommend you arrive at least 1 day pre-tour. If you need help in booking extra nights and airport transfers we can assist with this.
After meeting up at the truck and departing Cape Town this morning we’ll take a last look back at the city and Table Mountain from across Table Bay. We’ll then head through the Western Cape’s famous winelands region and stop for a wine tasting at one of the local farms. Next we cross the Piekenierskloof Pass on our way to the Cedarberg region, stopping en-route at a traditional Padstal (these small farm stalls are dotted along South Africa’s byways and offer a wide variety of homemade treats and bakes). As well as boasting extensive orange farms and spectacular mountain scenery, the Cedarberg region is also home to the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes here, this herbal beverage is earning a growing reputation as a refreshing and healthy alternative to tea. Our day ends with a traditional dinner and an opportunity to continue getting acquainted with our fellow travellers while enjoying some South African hospitality.
ACTIVITY PACKAGE
Wine Tasting & Traditional Dinner (Note – this itinerary is written with the optional Activity Package included. If you do not pre-book this optional Activity Package then these activities will not be included, though subject to availability, some may remain available en-route).
OVERNIGHT
Marcuskraal Campsite
MEALS
Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS
Single Room Supplement, Extra night – pre-tour

DAY 2 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River

Today we travel through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, stopping at the remote town of Springbok for any last requirements. After crossing the Namibian border we check into the lovely chalets overlooking the river that forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.
OVERNIGHT
Fiddlers Creek Campsite
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon

This morning there’s the chance to do an optional canoe trip down the Gariep River or to spend some time relaxing at the camp along the river. After lunch we travel north to the Fish River Canyon and take a scenic hike along the rim in order to gain some perspective as to just how large this natural phenomenon is. Later we return to Ai-Ais to check in to our accommodation and enjoy the hot springs. Included highlight: Hike along the rim of the Fish River Canyon
OVERNIGHT
Hobas Campsite
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park

The Namib-Naukluft NP is one of Namibia’s geographic gems and at 50,000km2, is one of the largest parks in Africa. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei desert area as well as the remarkable landscape. Our lodge is situated just outside the park. Included Highlight: Hike into Sesriem Canyon
OVERNIGHT
Sesriem campsite
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Namib-Naukluft National Park

We have a full day in the that starts with a walk up Dune 45 for an amazing view and photo opportunity. Later we will have the opportunity to be transported into Sossusvlei. In the afternoon there is a short walk into Sesriem Canyon. Included highlight: Sunrise hike up Dune 45
OVERNIGHT
Desert Shelter Cha-re
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Swakopmund

After a brief photo stop while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we travel onto Namibia’s Atlantic coast and the adventure capital,. Just before we arrive in, we stop at the Walvis bay lagoon en route, where there are often flamingos to be seen. You will be briefed on the many optional activities available here and there is time to explore the town before dinner out at one of the local restaurants. Included highlight: Stop off in Walvis Bay (to view flamingos)
OVERNIGHT
Gruner Kranz Courtyard
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 Swakopmund

Today is your chance to experience the adrenalin filled atmosphere that offers. Taking a walk around’s shops and having a leisurely lunch is also a great way to spend your day if you are not participating in the many activities available on offer here.
OVERNIGHT
Gruner Kranz Courtyard
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 8 Spitzkoppe

Leaving the coast we drive through arid landscapes to Mountain. The enormous granite monoliths dominate the otherwise flat landscape and we set up camp in the wild plain at the base of the mountain. This afternoon our guide will take us on a guided walk to explore the unique rock formations. The more adventurous among us may want to try some mountain climbing for some stunning views of the landscape.
OVERNIGHT
Spitzkoppe Community Campsite
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 Kamanjab - Himba Tribe

Today we journey towards Kamanjab. Driving through Damaraland, we will spend time with some of the semi-nomadic Himba people. The Himba are a pastoral people and are easily recognisable by their unique style of hair and dress.
OVERNIGHT
Etotongwo camp
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 Etosha National Park

We travel south-east to Etosha NP. The open plains allow spectacular elevated game viewing from the truck whilst on game drives. Our quality bungalow accommodations, which both boast floodlit night water holes, are inside the park. Included highlight: Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
OVERNIGHT
Namutoni OR Okaukuejo OR Halali camp
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 Etosha National Park

Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. The sparse grasslands allow great opportunities to see animals normally hidden in dense vegetation. You may even see some of the amazing animals crossing the road in front of your truck! We will go on various game drives and spend our evenings at the abundant waterholes for some excellent game photography. Included highlight: Full day game drive in Nomad truck
OVERNIGHT
Namutoni OR Okaukuejo OR Halali camp
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 Windhoek

En-route to Namibia’s capital,, we stop at a craft market where you can buy authentic African carvings and paintings. On arrival in we take a short driving tour around the city in our truck. Included highlight: Drive through with the Nomad truck, Craft market stop en-route
OVERNIGHT
Arebbusch Travel Lodge
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13 Botswana - Ghanzi

We say goodbye to Namibia and cross the Botswana border. Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing from the local San community. Included highlight: Bushman Tribal dance in evening
OVERNIGHT
Ghanzi Trail Blazers
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 Maun, gateway to the Delta

This morning you can join an optional walk with local San guides and learn how they embrace the environment around them in order to survive. The San people have lived here, surrounded by incredibly harsh conditions for thousands of years, and this walk provides a great opportunity to learn more about these people and their way of life. In the afternoon we travel to the outback town of Maun, on the edge of the Okavango Delta and we’ll spend the night here. This afternoon you may also have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta (weather permitting). In the evening your crew will prepare thos booking the Activity Package on what to pack for the Delta Excursion (you’ll need a small daypack or overnight bag due to space restrictions on the transfers to and from camp). Those not purchasing the Activity Package will remain behind in Maun tomorrow.
Optional activity: San Bushman Walk, Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta
OVERNIGHT
Camp at Sedia Riverfront Hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 Okavango Delta

We leave Maun early this morning and head for our base for the next two nights in the Etsha 13 area, from where we’ll enjoy our excursion. The Delta here is a unique and unusual ecosystem formed by the extensive annual flood waters of the Okagango River as it spreads out through innumerable channels into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The fluctuation of the water levels due to the seasonal rains further up river mean that the environment in the Delta and how the wildlife living here survive and behave are constantly changing.
Note: Activities in the Delta may vary depending on water levels. If you do not purchase the Activity Package, you will remain with the truck in the base camp for the next 2 nights. All meals are provided and optional activities into the Delta are available locally.
Activity package: Excursion (camping)
OVERNIGHT
Nguma Island Lodge (camping)
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16 Okavango Delta

We have a full day set aside today to enjoy the various activities available in the Delta. The program available is flexible and will work around the seasonal water level changes, and the best opportunities to see the wildlife. Amongst other activities you will have the opportunity to enjoy traditional mokoro rides and nature walks. The is both a natural wonder and one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, and it feels a priviledge to be able to explore it.
OVERNIGHT
Nguma Island Lodge (camping)
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17 Okavango Delta to Caprivi

Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north. After being re-united with our truck, we re-enter Namibia and travel through the Caprivi Strip, heading towards Chobe National Park. This area is an important migration route from Botswana to Angola for many game species and as we’re travelling through Game Parks much of the time, there’s always the possiblity of some lucky wildlife sightings. We arrive in the late afternoon where we will set up camp close to the Botswana border and prepare for an exciting and wildlife filled day of activities in Chobe National Park tomorrow. .
OVERNIGHT
Rainbow River Lodge – camping
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 Chobe National Park

After breakfast in Namibia, we cross back into Botswana and head to our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The afternoon is set aside to explore, starting in 4×4 vehicles which can get us up close to the numerous elephants that frequent the river in the afternoon. Established in 1968, the covers approximately 11700 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The day finishes with a leisurely cruise on the Chobe River where elephants, hippo, crocodile, eland and many other creatures abound, before we enoy a meal served around the campfire.
Activity package: Game Drive and Boat Cruise
OVERNIGHT
Thebe River Safaris
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19 Chobe National Park

We will pack our bags and leave Chobe this morning with memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds. We cross the border into Zimbabwe and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. We’ll then visit the spectacular Falls themselves, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.
Activity package: Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Optional activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls
OVERNIGHT
Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls - Departure transfer

Although your tour officially ends after breakfast, most people will spend the day doing some safaris, white water rafting, taking a helicopter ride over the falls or relaxing after viewing the waterfall. Vic Falls offers many exciting activities so we recommend you consider adding a post-tour night here.
Note: It is possible to book our 2 day Journey to Johannesburg, either Camping or Accommodated straight after this tour, as this is one of the cheapest ways to get from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. Please contact us for more information. Our Big 5 Encounters tour from Johannesburg then also fits well after this trip, providing some great safaris in Kruger National Park.
Optional activities: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump – Solo, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
OVERNIGHT
N/A
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Extra night – post-tour

DURATION

20 Days

Price

A$2134

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