Border Information: If joining the trip in Victoria Falls, you will most likely enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport (IATA code: VFA).
There will be a group meeting at 10:00am at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Your leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting - when you arrive you will easily spot the Dragoman truck as well (to the right-hand-side of the reception), where you'll be able to meet one of our crew.
This afternoon we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Victoria Falls before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Victoria Falls.
In Victoria Falls we will camp in a well equipped campsite. Our camping ground is centrally located on the Zambezi River only four kilometres from the Falls, the perfect place to use as a base for the vast array of adventure activities on offer in the area. Please note that no meals are included in Victoria Falls.
Visit to the incredible Victoria Falls
Today is a free day to allow you to participate in some of the many optional activities on offer. There are various activities and excursions to choose from, including white water rafting and canoeing, horse riding, abseiling or gorge swinging!
Take a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi - Cost: USD 55
See the incredible Victoria Falls from the air with a helicopter flight over the waterfalls - Cost: USD 152
Bungee jump (111m) from the bridge over the Second Gorge of the Victoria Falls - Cost: USD 135
White water rafting on the Zambezi - Cost: USD 150
Visit to the incredible Victoria Falls - Cost: USD
Horse riding along the scenic banks of the Zambezi - Cost: USD 95
Enjoy a relaxing canoeing trip on the River Zambezi - Cost: USD 110
Take a guided walk to a local Matabele village - Cost: USD 55
Border Information: exit Zimbabwe at Kazangula, enter Botswana at Kazangula.
Today our journey begins with a drive across the border into Botswana and the town of Kasane, the gateway to the beautiful Chobe National Park.
This afternoon we will visit the park by taking a boat trip down the Chobe river, seeing how many animals we can spot! The boat trip provides a fantastic opportunity to take some stunning wildlife photographs, getting extremely close to the animals without disturbing them.
In Kasane we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a safari lodge.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Take a boat trip to view Chobe National Park's profilic wildlife from the water
Head out on a safari in Chobe National Park in an open-top jeep
- Cost: BWP 200
We have an early start today as we head towards Hwange National Park. We will take an included afternoon game drive in local safari trucks through Hwange National Park.
In Hwange National Park we will camp in the National Park.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours
Jeep safari in Hwange National Park
Visit to the Painted Dog Conservation project near Hwange
This morning we will head out on an early morning game drive within Hwange National Park. In the afternoon we will travel to city of Bulawayo in the southeast of Zimbabwe.
In Bulawayo we will stay in a campground with shared facilities, where some upgrades are available.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Learn all about the eco-systems of Southern Africa at Bulawayo's excellent Natural History Museum - Cost: USD 10
Visit the fascinating Railway Museum in Bulawayo - Cost: USD 1
Visit Bulawayo's National Art Gallery - Cost: USD 2
Explore the ancient ruined capital of the Butua civilisation at Khami - Cost: USD 10
Visit the animal rescue sanctuary at Chipangali - Cost: USD 10
Today we will have an included day trip to explore the Mataobo National Park, home to a large population of black and white rhinoceros. We have an incredible safari to track them on foot, and also have the chance to visit the grave of Cecil Rhodes and learn all about Zimbabwe's past.
Guided walking safari in search of White Rhino in Matobo National Park
Learn all about the colonial history of Southern Africa at a visit to the grave of Cecil Rhodes
Border Information: Exit Zimbabwe at Plumtree, enter Botswana at Ramokgwebana.
Leaving Zimbabwe behind, we have a long drive day today into Botswana to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, home to one of the largest salt pans in the world.
At the Makgadikgadi Pans we will camp at a well equipped campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Today we will have the time for optional excursions into the Makgadikgadi Pans to see the incredible scenery and go in search of meerkats!
Visit and explore a local cattlepost village - Cost: USD 80
Overnight or day trip out on quads to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans - Cost: USD 195
Take a day trip by 4x4 jeep to explore the Nxai Xini Salt Pan
- Cost: USD 120
Take a guided walk around the immense baobab trees found in the area - Cost: USD 35
Today we have a big drive from our camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to our base camp for the Okavango Delta experience.
Drive Distance - approx 580km / 9hrs
We will spend the night in a camp site with facilities.
Today we will drive to the village of Sepupa (Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours), where we leave our vehicle and board boats out over to Mokoba island.
Here we will meet our 'mokoro' team, who will take us out into the stunningly beautiful area of the Okavango. We'll board the mokoros (which are small dugout-style canoes) and get poled out into the reed beds of the delta. Each canoe takes two people and is poled through the meandering waterways. Reeds and lily pads line the streams, and birds startled by the mokoros rise out of the long grasses. Punting along, the peace may be shattered by the deep grunting of hippos.
We'll be camping out on an island in the middle of a wilderness area (at a permanent campsite with facilities). All food will be provided by our local hosts.
The next day we will explore the island on foot, and then take the mokoros out to a different island for more game walks, lunch, and then mokoro back to camp. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to swim in a safe area of the delta and have a try at poling the canoes ourselves! We will stay overnight at a houseboat.
Head on an unforgettable 2-day/1-night guided safari deep into the Okavango Delta, including Mokoro trips and bushwalking safaris
Today we will have an early start and cross the border into Namibia, to the area north of the town of Grootfontein. This region is home to many of the San people, and we will visit a village community project here - we will go on a fascinating 'bushwalk', learning all about the survival skills, crafts and traditional life from our local San guides! After this, we will head to our campsite for the evening.
In Grootfontein we will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.
Visit to the San Village project near Grootfontein
Visit the Hoba meteorite, the largest known meteorite on Earth - Cost: NAD 10
Today we head west to the stunning Etosha National Park.
Etosha is one of the world's most pre-eminent wildlife areas, and we have an excellent chance to spot some of Africa's most famous animals such as elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, leopard, oryx, impala, and rhino!
We will stay in the park for 2 days, giving us plenty of opportunity for game drives in our truck in search of the animals here.
In Etosha National Park we will stay in a mixture of the campsites of Namutoni, Halali or Okaukuejo according to availability, all of which are superbly located within the National Park, have excellent facilities and are situated next to watering holes where many animals come for a drink at night.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours each day.
Overland safari through Etosha National Park with excellent wildlife - Cost: USD
Today we will drive south to the stunning mountains of Spitzkoppe. This remote region has breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the colour of the landscape takes on remarkable oranges and reds.
In Spitzkoppe we will wild camp with very limited facilities.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.
Time to explore in the stunning landscape of Spitzkoppe - Cost: USD
Today we will continue to the old German colonial town of Swakopmund, where we will have 2 nights to explore the town and enjoy some of the many optional adventure activities on offer.
We will also have an included visit to Cape Cross en route from Spitzkoppe, to experience the sight, sound and smell of thousands of olive-coloured seals on the shore.
In Swakopmund we will stay in group Cabins, near town.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Learn about Namibia's marine life at the Swakopmund Aquarium - Cost: NAD 30
Learn all about the German colonial history of the area at the Swakopmund Museum - Cost: ZAR 25
Take a scenic flight over the Forbidden Coast and the Skeleton Coast
- Cost: NAD 4000
Explore the townships of Swakopmund, meeting the local Damara, Herero and Ovambo people - Cost: NAD 400
Head out for a fun morning of sandboarding on the dunes near Swakopmund - Cost: NAD 400
Explore the ocean by boat and search for dolphins, seals, and other marine life
- Cost: NAD 600
Head out for a quad-biking trip into the Namib deserts near Swakopmund - Cost: NAD 550
Go in search of dolphins on a sea kayak trip off the coast of Swakopmund
- Cost: NAD 800
Take a boat out for off-shore fishing in the seas near the Forbidden Coast - Cost: NAD 1200
Head out on horseback to explore the beautiful area around Swakopmund
- Cost: NAD 690
Today we will drive from Swakopmund to Sesriem, our base for exploring the spectacular Namib Desert. If time allows, en route we will have the option to take a short walking tour of the desert around Solitaire where we can learn all about the ecosystem of the desert - please note that our time available for this is dependent on the time of the sunset, as they close the gates to our Sesriem campsite at sunset.
In Sesriem we will camp at a well equipped campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Today we have an early morning start to climb to the top of the famous Dune 45 for a dramatic and incredible sunrise view across a vast sea of sand. We will also have chance to explore the otherworldy landscape of the Dead Vlei. In the afternoon, we head south to our river camp near the small town of Bethanie.
At Bethanie we will camp at an eco-tourism campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (not including the Dune 45 excursion).
Explore the vast dunefields at Sossusvlei
Explore the other-worldly landscapes of the Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei salt pans
Today we head south to the dramatic scenery of the Fish River Canyon. Here we will have some time for exploration and taking in the beautiful sunset over the canyon.
At Fish River Canyon we will camp in a basic campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.
Time to explore and take in the jaw-dropping vistas at the Fish River Canyon
This morning we will drive to Noordoewer, next to the scenic banks of the Gariep (Orange) River - the natural border between Namibia and South Africa. If there is sufficient water in the river we may be able to take an optional canoeing tour on the Orange River.
NB: If we have arrived late the previous day, the Tour Leader may opt to spend more time at Fish River Canyon before driving to Noordoewer.
In Noordoewer we will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.
Raft the Orange River on the border of South Africa and Namibia - Cost: NAD 250
Head out on a short canoe trip on the Orange River, which marks the boundary of Namibia and South Africa
- Cost: NAD 280
Enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Ais Ais - Cost: USD 5
Border Information: Exit Namibia at Noordoewer, enter South Africa at Noordoewer.
Today we cross the border into South Africa and head down the Western Cape to camp site near Citrusdal. In the evening we will have the option for some wine tasting!
We will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.
Sample the delicious wines from the vineyards at the base of the Cederberg Mountains - Cost: ZAR 70
Our final day takes us down the Western Cape to the charming and beautiful city of Cape Town.
This evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy a final group meal to say goodbye to your fellow travellers.
In Cape Town we stay in a well located and busy Hostel.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Head out on a full-day wine tasting tour of the famous area of Stellenbosch, just outside of Cape Town - Cost: ZAR 650
Return cable-car trip to the top of Table Mountain
- Cost: ZAR 395
Excursion to the former jail on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned - Cost: ZAR 250
Abseiling, canyoning and hiking on Table Mountain and Platteklip Gorge - Cost: ZAR 895
Visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
- Cost: ZAR 65
Tour to the Cape of Good Hope and the Boulders Penguin Colony - Cost: ZAR 540
Tour of Cape Town Townships and the District Six Museum - Cost: ZAR 395
Visit to the colourful district of Bo Kaap - Cost: USD
Explore the Dutch-built Castle of Good Hope, the oldest colonial building in South Africa - Cost: ZAR 28
Freely explore the beautiful beaches of Cape Town, including those at False Bay, St. James, Clovelly or Fish Hoek
- Cost: USD
Today marks the end of our fantastic adventure.
Border Information: If finishing in Cape Town, you will most likely exit South Africa at Cape Town International Airport (IATA code: CPT).
Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.