20 day Northern Quest. Cape Town to Victoria Falls

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What to expect from this 20 day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour:

Your journey begins at Africa's southern gateway. Gaze at the spectacle that greeted the early explorers, as Table Mountain appears to rise from the sea. A stunning setting for a very special city.

Explore the ghostly deserts of Namibia, nothing but endless horizons and vast expanses of night stars. Go where giant sand dunes merge with the Atlantic Ocean. Go on safari in Etosha, 'the place of dry water', where the fireside tales will be of Lion, Rhino, Elephant and much more.

Navigate the winding streams and isolated lagoons of the Okavango Delta. Sit back and relax as your guide gently poles your 'mokoro' through these clear waters. Get up close and personal with some of the most exciting creatures on earth. Join the adrenaline junkies at Victoria Falls.

Go insane for a day and jump off bridges or boogie board head-first down the immense rapid runs of the Zambezi. Sit tight as you witness the Falls from a micro-light aircraft or take it easy on an upper Zambezi river cruise and watch the African bush go gently on by.

Days 1: Cape Town, South Africa

Sample the sights and sounds of this magical city at the southern end of the African continent. A host of optional activities are available including, trips to Robben Island, Peninsular tours, wine tasting, and much more. All meals in Cape Town will be at the client's expense.

Day 2: Lamberts Bay, South Africa

You depart Cape Town at approximately 9:30am to Lamberts Bay, where you will camp for the night. This is your first night's camping and your guides will give you a full demonstration on how to set up your tents. Normally during or after your evening meal, your guides will talk about the following day's activities, what to expect and let everyone know the time for breakfast for the following morning.

Where meals are specified in this dossier, they are included and will be prepared by your guides with some assistance from you. Optional activities available include: walks along the river, canoe trips, sundowner cruises, or just relax at the bar right on the river. Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner at your own expense. Camping (Lamberts Bay Caravan Park or similar).

Days 3: Gariep (formerly Orange) River, South Africa

The tour then heads to the Gariep River and camp on the banks of the river. This rustic reed river camp is situated on the South African side of the river. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Camping (Fiddlers Creek or similar) On banks of the Gariep River.

Day 4: Fish River Canyon, Namibia

The first border crossing is into Namibia as you head for the awesome Fish River Canyon. Your guides will assist with all border formalities. There will be ample time to take in a beautiful sunset over the canyon, or partake in an optional walk. Breakfast and lunch. Camping (Canon Roadhouse or similar) Fish River Canyon National Park.

Days 5 & 6: Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia

You continue on to The Namib Naukluft National Park and the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei. This is one of the world's oldest deserts, offering over 130 million years of natural wonder, and the highest sand dunes in the world! Climb the dunes for an unforgettable sunrise.

Adventure activities including guided walks, hot air ballooning and light aircraft flights. On day 5 you leave the camp very early and travel into the park. You head for Dune 45 and climb the dune for a magnificent sunrise, after which we proceed on to Sossusvlei and the 2x4 parking area. From here it is an approximate 5 kilometres (3 miles) walk to the vlei where you are free to explore.

Stunning photographic opportunities are available in the dunes. From there you return to camp. In the late afternoon you'll be taken to the nearby Sesriem canyon and return to camp for the evening meal. There is a small swimming pool in the camp if you wish to relax and soak up the sun. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Camping (Sesriem Campsite or similar) Namib Naukluft National Park.

Days 7 & 8: Swakopmund, Namibia.

A delightful Bavarian-style town, situated snugly between sea and desert. Great beaches, deep-sea fishing, quad biking, dune boarding, flights over the desert, plus an array of shops, bars and restaurants await you.

In Swakopmund you are free to explore at your leisure or partake in the many optional activities. This is also a chance to catch up on laundry, banks and communications. Breakfast and lunch on day 7 and Breakfast on day 8. Lodge (Swakop Lodge) 65 Nathanial Maxililli Street, Swakopmund.

Days 9 & 10: Etosha National Park, Namibia

Leaving Swakopmund the tour journeys via the awesome granite moonscape scenery that Namibia is so famous for. The mountains and granite mounds provided a home to the San people for thousands of years. You arrive at the world famous Etosha National Park where you camp and enjoy a big game safari experience.

Dominated by shimmering white saltpans you have a chance to see Elephant as well as Black Rhino, Lion and Leopard. All the camps have floodlit water holes, which are excellent for after dinner game viewing, as well as swimming pools for cooling off during the heat of the day.

You will get the chance to enjoy 3 game drives whilst at Etosha, all taken in your Wildlife Adventures vehicle. Typically you will make an early start, which is ideal for morning game viewing, and drive to some of the waterholes in the park before heading back to camp for brunch.

Approximately 3 hours per game drive. In the afternoons you take another game drive and return back to camp before dark for dinner. Breakfast and lunch on day 9. Brunch and dinner on day 10. Camping (Okaukuejo Campsite or similar) Etosha National Park.

Day 11: Waterberg Plateau National Park, Namibia

The tour leaves Etosha bound for the stunning Waterberg Plateau National Park. Historically significant because it was the site of the war between the Germans and the Hereros, the area has now become a haven for many endangered species. It is renowned for its incredible rock formations and walks.

Your time in the Waterberg is your own and you are free to walk in the park at your leisure. Excellent sign posted hiking trails make for easy self-guided walks. Optional game drives and self-guided walks are available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Camping (Bernard De La Bat or similar) Waterberg Plateau National Park.

Day 12: Gobabis, Namibia

"Desert and Sea" and "Wild Waters Explorer" are modules of the "Northern Quest" tour, and all clients booked on these modules will be collected / dropped off in Windhoek before proceeding to Gobabis.

The tour travels toward the border between Namibia and Botswana and to Gobabis where the guests will stay overnight on a private game farm. It's the last night in Namibia and a fitting place to hear fireside tales of your journey thus far. Breakfast and lunch. Camping (Zelda's Guest Farm or similar); en route between Gobabis and Botswana Border post.

Day 13: Maun , Botswana

You wake up early for your departure to the border for Botswana. Once all the formalities have been completed the tour will head for Maun, which is the gateway to the fantastic Okavango Delta. You prepare for the following days to come and be briefed by your guides on what to take into the Delta.

Please remember space in the mekoros (local word for canoe, and your mode of transport in the delta) is at a premium and a small overnight bag with your sleeping bag and necessary clothes for 3 days is all that is needed.

All camping and catering equipment and all foods will be provided. The campsite is just outside the centre of Maun. Although a small town, Maun has several shops, good communications and banks. Breakfast, lunch. Camping (Audi Camp or similar) 12 kilometres (7 miles) north of Maun, on the banks of the Thamalakane River.

Days 14 & 15: Okavango Delta , Botswana

An early morning pickup awaits the guests where you will all be transferred to the "mekoro" poling station by vehicle. You will be assigned your makoro - each complete with a poler/guide. After a two to three hour makoro journey in the delta you will stop and set up camp. The Delta is an incredible maze of inland waterways and lagoons.

You'll be on safari 'makoro' style, poled gently along in "makoro' (canoes, hand hewn from logs), floating through this haven of wildlife and birds. You will be taken on game walks by your poler guides to experience the full splendor of the region.

Please note that there are no ablution facilities what so ever, and camps will be bush camps. Meals will be carefully planned for this duration. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Camping (Bush camp in the Okavango Delta - no contact details available).

Day 16: Nata, Botswana

After breakfast the guests are gently poled back to the vehicle pick up point and transferred by vehicle back to the base camp near Maun. You then collect your vehicle and depart for Nata. Breakfast and lunch. Camping (Nata Lodge) Main road between Maun and Francistown, Nata.

Day 17: Chobe National Park, Botswana

Everyone departs Nata and heads for Kasane to the camp on the banks of the Chobe River. You will arrive in time for an included guided river cruise with game viewing. The fabulous Chobe National Park is famous for its huge herds of Elephant and your guided river cruise should provide excellent sightings of Elephant, Hippo, Crocodile, and an impressive array of birds and plains game. There is also a swimming pool at the camp for relaxing. Breakfast and lunch. Camping (Chobe Safari Lodge).

Day 18 & 19: Victoria Falls, Botswana

A short drive from Chobe takes you to the spectacular Victoria Falls - one of the 'seven natural wonders' of the world. You are free to explore it at your leisure. Take a sundowner cruise or enjoy hoards of other adventure activities.

The camp is close to all the bars, restaurants and hot spots for that last big splurge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on day 18, Breakfast on day 19. Camping (Victoria Falls Rest Camp).

Day 20: Tour Ends

The tour ends after Breakfast. Airport transfers and additional accommodation can be booked if need be.


  • Itinerary as specified
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Services of tour leader and camp courier
  • All accommodation, camp meals, camping / catering equipment
  • National Park entrance fees

Not Included:

  • International airfares, travel and medical insurance
  • All items of a personal nature, personal spending money, visas, passports
  • Vaccinations, personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities, sleeping bag if required
  • Restaurant meals
  • All drinks - even on days with full board basis.


  • Cape Town: Wine routes, Whale watching, Cape Point, Table Mountain and much more.
  • Sossusvlei: Hot air ballooning over the desert, light air craft flights and 4x4 hire.
  • Swakopmund: Dune boarding, quad biking, deep-sea fishing and skydiving.
  • Waterberg Plateau National Park: Game Drive and walks.
  • Victoria Falls: White water rafting, boarding, bungi jumping, canoe safaris, helicopter flights, micro lighting, Elephant safaris, river cruises, ballooning, guided walks and Victoria Falls viewing sites.
  • Transfer back to the truck and campsite in Maun.

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