Cape Town to Vic Falls small group tour
Description of Cape Town to Vic Falls small group tour
This Cape Town to Victoria Falls trip is an iconic route through four countries and a three week adventure that is packed with spectacular wildlife, landscapes, local communities and fun.
Travelling in a purpose-built overland vehicle, with maximum 22 passengers, there are large windows that slide open, perfect for cooling down but also wildlife viewing. But be prepared for long journeys on this trip, with camping along the way. It isn’t five star travel, but you will have five star experiences. Starting in South Africa these include Cape Town, Cape Point Nature Reserve and the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Heading north towards Namibia, we spend a week of our trip in this magnificent country, exploring the contrasts of its coastline to the wildlife filled salt pans at Etosha, or the famous dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. We also have a very memorable time with the San Bushmen community, the oldest ethnic group in Namibia, learning about their lifestyles and culture.
Moving into Botswana, the Okavango Delta is Africa’s largest inland delta and an oasis for wildlife, which we will explore on traditional dugout canoes or mokoros. More spectacular wildlife awaits in the contrasting landscapes of Chobe National Park, Botswana’s first national park. We spend two days here giving us plenty of time to enjoy an area with one of the highest densities of wildlife in Africa, especially elephants as there are huge herds of them here.
Huge is the first word that comes to mind on your final stage of this African odyssey, and that is at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Nothing beats a waterfall of over a hundred metres tall, twice the height of Niagara, to bring a mammoth trip like this to a dramatic close.
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PlanetAs a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.
We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
A Project supported in South Africa is the Thusanani Children's Foundation which works to prevent and treat developmental delay in orphaned and vulnerable South African children, aged 0-6, in Children's Homes (orphanages) where they live. Developmental delay in these children has a far reaching negative impact on their formal schooling in later years and they run the risk of being seen as children with special education needs. Treatment and prevention of developmental delay can set children on the right path that enables them to be contributing members of society, and break the cycle of abuse and poverty.
PeopleWe believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment
Being a predominately camping tour it has some of the least carbon emissions in comparison to accommodated tours. We also provide purified drinking water on all our tours to avoid buying plastic bottled mineral water and help preserve the environment by reducing the amount of waste. We also encourage clients to purchase locally produced cotton shopping bags for the duration of the tour to avoid plastic shopping bags.
We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.
This tour not only gives you the opportunity to experience the wondrous nature and the environmental projects that preserve them and their habitat but also the opportunity to meet the noble tribes and communities that live in these vibrant and culturally rich countries.
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