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Take a walking holiday in Southern Africa and explore the entire region. We take you on tour of the spectacular scenery and changing cultures.
  • Product Code 48300
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Rich In Wildlife Holidays, Experiential Holidays
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Moderate, Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 21 Nights

Begin this incredible adventure in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, enjoying a guided tour of the magnificent falls and a sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River. Across the Zambezi we enter Botswana to spend the afternoon on a sunset cruise, plus game viewing in the unspoilt wilderness of Chobe National Park. The next day begins with a game drive before crossing into Namibia where we drive through the Caprivi to our lodge on the banks of the Kwando River.

Returning to Botswana and onto the Okavango Delta, we spend days exploring the watery pathways by speedboat and traditional dugout canoe, plus bush walking in search of elephants, waterbuck and other animals.

Returning to Namibia we make our way along the Caprivi to Rundu on the banks of the Kavango River, overlooking Angola. From here we head for Etosha National Park for two days filled with game drives in search of the Big Five.

From Etosha, we make our way to the quaint German town of Swakopmund. Still heading south, we visit the Namib Naukluft National Park and overnight at Maltahohe (Sesriem) before visiting the world’s highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei; these dunes can reach a height of 300m.

Next is Fish River Canyon, a chasm 100 miles long and up to 17 miles wide. We have time to explore before moving onto Orange River which forms the South African - Namibian boundary. Saying 'hello’ to South Africa, we make our way along the coast visiting Clanwilliam before completing our journey in Cape Town. Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We include a full day Cape Peninsula tour, visit to Table Mountain, and a trip to the famous winelands area.

Please note: This is a pioneer holiday and the itinerary and other arrangements may be subject to change at short notice. To enable us to include so many highlights in one trip, the distances travelled during this journey will be vast. Some days will mainly be travel days with regular stops.

Holiday Highlights

  • Magnificent Victoria Falls with a sunset dinner cruise.
  • Enjoy a mokoro trip and bush walks in the Okavango Delta.
  • Search for the Big Five on a Game Drive, Etosha National Park.
  • Dune 45 in Sossusvlei and explore with a desert bushman guide
  • Observe 250-million-year-old trees in the petrified forest, Deadvlei.
  • Discover Cape Town - Table Mountain, lunch and wine tasting
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg (British Airways and Comair) returning Cape Town to Heathrow
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation most nights (two nights camping)
      All meals except for five dinners and two lunches. Some lunches and dinners will be provided by the hotels or local restaurants, while some lunches will be cooked and prepared by a cook travelling with the group
      An English speaking local guide to enhance your experience
      Game Drives
      All local travel, transfers and entrance fees (as suggested in the itinerary).
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade SS/4

  1. Day 1

    Depart from London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg with British Airways.

  2. Day 2

    On arrival in Victoria Falls, we transfer to our accommodation where we can relax before meeting up at the restaurant for dinner.

  3. Day 3

    Today we enjoy a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls and in the evening, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River followed by dinner.

  4. Day 4

    We travel by road 90km (56 miles) to Chobe. At Chobe National Park we will enjoy an afternoon cruise and spend one night in chalets on the banks of the Chobe River.

  5. Day 5

    We start the day with a morning Game Drive in Chobe National Park before leaving Botswana and crossing into Namibia. We drive through Caprivi to our camp (chalets) on the banks of the Kwando River.

  6. Day 6 to 7

    We make our way to our camp situated on one of the most pristine areas in the Northern Okavango Delta. We will spend the next two days enjoying Mokoro trips and bush walks. A Mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe which we will explore the network of water pathways, hoping to spot elephant, waterbuck or other wildlife living in this water filled paradise

  7. Day 8 to 9

    Leaving Botswana we make our way back into Namibia and head along the Caprivi to Rundu approximately 350km, (220 miles) where we stay 2 nights on the banks of the Kavango River overlooking Angola. We will have the opportunity if you wish to visit a local village. The following day we have time to relax before an optional sunset cruise in the evening.

  8. Day 10 to 11

    Today we have a long but varied drive to Etosha. Our two days here will be filled with game drives and wildlife viewing in a hope to spot the Big Five! The game viewing opportunities here are fantastic, both on the drives and from the camp waterhole (should we stay inside the park), and our previous groups have had some very lucky sightings. We will stay inside or very close to the Park.

  9. Day 12

    Heading westwards across the flat desert plains we reach the cold Atlantic coastline and follow the Skeleton Coast on our way to Africa’s largest seal colony at Cape Cross. We will cover around 300 km (180 miles). We stay in Swakopmund for two nights. Dinner is not included today, but you will find  many local restaurants to choose from.

  10. Day 13

    We have the opportunity to explore this quaint German town, or try one of the many local excursions (at your own account) that they have on offer here. Lunch and dinner are not included today, however there is a great variety of cafes and restaurants to suit every budget.

  11. Day 14

    We drive to the barren, arid and sometimes rocky landscape of the Namib Naukluft National Park. We spend the next two nights situated in a superb setting surrounded by panoramic landscapes. We’ll see outcrops of massive granite boulders and hopefully wildlife in its natural habitat.

  12. Day 15

    Today we visit the world’s highest sand dunes, at Sossusvlei. These red sand dunes are absolutely spectacular and provide a fantastic photo opportunity. You can even climb one.

  13. Day 16

    This is a long driving day through the semi-desert. We head for Fish River Canyon where we stay for one night.

  14. Day 17

    Its an early start today to do a walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon, it is no longer possible to walk into the Canyon, due to safety concerns. After this we leave for our camp on the banks of the Orange River. The region is famous for diamonds and grape-growing in vast irrigated vineyards.

  15. Day 18

    Saying goodbye to Namibia, we make our way into South Africa. We end our day at our lodge in Clanwilliam at the foot of the majestic Cederberg Mountains which offer some of the finest scenery in the Cape.

  16. Day 19

    We drive to our final destination, Cape Town. We stop at Blouberg Beach on the Atlantic Ocean to view Table Mountain and Robben Island across the bay. In the early afternoon, for the energetic there is an opportunity to walk up Table Mountain (above grade). For those who prefer an easier approach to the mountain there is the cable car (own expense). This walk is however depended on local conditions and may be moved to a different day if necessary, or not attempted at all if the weather conditions are unfavourable on both days. Dinner is not included today.

  17. Day 20

    Today we embark on a Cape Peninsular Tour. This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headlands known as Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, penguins, historic and picturesque coastal villages are all to be seen along the way. We also visit the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Dinner is not included today.

  18. Day 21

    Any visit to Cape Town is not complete without a trip to the beautiful winelands, so today we head for Stellenbosch where we will include a cellar wine tasting tour. After lunch we will say our farewells and head for the airport for our return journey to the UK taking with us our lifelong memories of all that Africa has to offer.

  19. Day 22

    Arrive at London Heathrow.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg (British Airways and Comair) returning Cape Town to Heathrow 
  • Arrival transfers by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Travel is generally by road in an overland vehicle which should provide more comfort and space than a standard 4x4 vehicle. Some 4x4 vehicles will be used for some of the other drives and motor boats in the Okavango Delta.
  • Visa is required

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Camp Kwando

On the banks of the Kwando River, that separates Namibia and Botswana, we stay at Kwando Camp on the Namibian side. The Camp takes advantage of the beautiful location, with thatched ‘island tents’ built on poles with a deck overlooking the river. These bungalows are more like huts or chalets than tents, and come with en suite facilities and mosquito nets. The thatched roof provides thermal regulation, cooling the rooms in summer and keeping them warm in winter. Electricity is provided at the most required times by a generator.

Twyfelfontain Country Lodge Twyfelfontein

The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy and boast 56 en-suite twin rooms, reception, lounge, curio shop, open dining room, bar and swimming pool. In construction utmost care was taken to reduce the visual impact on the environment and to blend into the mountainside with the use of thatch roofs, natural stone and paint colors toning in with the surrounding rock formations. All rooms have ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms, mosquito nets and electronic safes for safekeeping of valuables.