Drive from Cape Town to Victoria Falls on this adventurous road trip across Africa. Start in Cape Town, where you can take in views over the ocean from Table Mountain, head to Robben Island to learn about Nelson Mandela and feast on fresh seafood by the harbour. Pick up your campervan and head north, driving past wildflower meadows on your way to the Cederberg Mountains before arriving in Namibia. Gaze over Fish River Canyon, take a boat trip to the seal colonies in Walvis Bay and watch elephants trek across the salt pan in Etosha National Park. Finish with a visit to Victoria Falls, where you’ll feel the spray from the waterfalls and watch the sunset over an incredible African adventure.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Cape Town, you will be met at the airport and drive to your hotel. Here you will check in for three nights. Why not spend the evening by the harbour, eating fresh seafood and drinking a glass or two of local wine?
You have 2 full days in Cape Town to learn more about this exciting, vibrant city. These days are free or if you prefer we can organise some activities to ensure you make the most of your time here. Head over to Robben Island to witness where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated in a tiny cell, take a ride up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular views across Cape Town or indulge in afternoon tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.
You’ll have two weeks to make your way from South Africa to Namibia, finishing in Victoria Falls. Today you’ll be picking up a 4WD campervan, with a fold out roof tent. Look out for the vast ocean views of West Coast National Park, where the ocean crashes against the shore and a kaleidoscopic range of wildflowers grow in the August and September. Drive beneath blue skies towards Paternoster, a little seaside village with a beautiful white beach where you can enjoy a stroll along the sands. Indulge in a delicious lunch of fresh lobster and crayfish before continuing north towards Clanwilliam, one of the oldest towns in the country.
Leaving South Africa behind, you’ll enter Namibia where stunning landscapes and orange deserts await. Gaze out across the vast Fish River Canyon, stop in the Kalahari to see the oryx wandering amongst the quiver trees and visit the famous sands of Sossusvlei. Take a boat trip out on the water from Swakopmund, where seals and pelicans come onto the boat to make friends.
Further north, you’ll drive into Damaraland, where nomadic tribes and desert elephants roam the land. Eventually, you’ll get to Etosha National Park, where your kids will love spotting lions snoozing on the rocks and zebras grazing on the endless plains. You’ll want to enjoy a few days here, watching bat-eared foxes play in the dust, spending each night telling stories around the fire and gazing at the endless stars above you before heading to bed in your cosy tent on the roof of the vehicle. Eventually, you’ll pass through the Caprivi Strip and drop off your camper in Victoria Falls.
Your time is yours to explore at your own pace, two weeks is enough time to see the highlights, but we can make this longer if you want. There are loads of activities to enjoy here, from sandboarding and quad-biking to wildlife cruises and hiking – if you want us to include any of these, just ask.
On arrival in Victoria Falls, you’ll return your campervan to the depot before being picked up and taken to your hotel, checking in for three nights. This evening we’ve included a sunset cruise – you’ll float along the Zambezi River, looking for hippos, crocodiles and herons in the water. The spectacular African sunset is a wonderful welcome to Zimbabwe.
You’ll have two days to explore this beautiful area. On Day 21, we’ve included a full day tour to the falls. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight the sound and the smell, it’s overwhelming. No photograph can begin to depict the majesty of Victoria Falls but luckily, you’ll have all day to soak up the experience and create some memories. You’ll learn about the history of the falls and the animals that make their home in the local region. With your free day, why not book a kayaking trip along the river or even bungee jump over from the bridge. However you fill your free time, Victoria Falls is the best way to finish your holiday.
After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport in time to catch your flight home.
The climate in South Africa is mild year round, however there are ‘seasons’ you may want consider when planning your trip. They tend to experience rainfall during the winter months (June to August) when it tends to be greener all round. This is the perfect time to see wildflowers along the western cape. The rains come in with a cooler air, last maybe a day or two and are then usually followed by champagne days’ of crystal clear air, blue skies and brilliant colours!
Namibia’s climate is generally dry and pleasant. There is a short rainy season between December and March, where some days are humid and there are short localised thunderstorms in the afternoons. Game viewing is generally better in the dry season when wildlife is drawn to the waterholes. Nights are cool and days are often very hot.
Victoria Falls has a mild to warm climate. The warmest months are September to March, while May to August are the coolest. The dry season runs from April to October and brings fair weather but the falls can be pretty empty. The wet season comes from November to March, with regular showers followed by clear skies. This is the best time to see Victoria Falls at its full glory.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.