Victoria Falls to Cape Town small group holiday

“Sleep under canvas and muck in each day on a small-group adventure that takes in wild wetlands and arid deserts”

Highlights

Victoria Falls | Chobe National Park | Bagani | Okavango Delta| Gao Island | Grootfontein | Etosha National Park | Spitzkoppe mountain | Swakopmund | Sesriem Canyon | Sossusvlei | Fish River Canyon | Noordoewer | Klawer | Cape Town

Description of Victoria Falls to Cape Town small group holiday

Get closer to the extremes of southern Africa’s landscapes on this 22-day journey through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Camping brings these beautiful, often exclusive destinations within reach, and connects you with the wilderness, from lush wetland to arid sand-dune desert.

You begin the trip by the thunderous Victoria Falls and finish in cosmopolitan Cape Town. In Botswana, travel down lily-choked waterways in the Okavango Delta and stay on a remote island bush camp. In Chobe National Park take a sunset river cruise, keeping a camera ready for the elephants, cheetah, hippos and lions that come to drink here. Even more wildlife is waiting in Namibia – a full-day game drive in Etosha National Park should reveal rhinos, zebra and antelopes – then explore the Namib desert, with its vast dune fields, towering up like mountains. Try scrambling to the top of Sesriem, one of the world's highest sand dunes.

You’ll travel mostly by purpose-built overland vehicles, equipped with large sliding windows so you can easily see and snap game. On the Okavango Delta, glide along in a traditional mokoro, a dugout canoe poled by cheery locals and in Namibia, take a walk with the San Bushmen, who communicate in a unique clicking language. This is muck-in, small-group travel at its most fun, so expect to get involved in setting up and taking down your own tents, and stirring the cooking pot. Any efforts will be daily repaid by incredible sights and extraordinary wildlife, on this tour through a land of contrasts.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travellers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travellers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your holiday.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travellers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
As 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.

We 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.

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.

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.

Community

The Impacts of this Trip

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.

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.

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4 Reviews of Victoria Falls to Cape Town small group holiday

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Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020 by

Very good, guide and colleagues a cook and driver / mechanic from Kenya all very good natured and kept things moving smoothly. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2020 by

Excellent, we would recommend it to anyone who enjoys nature and meeting local people Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2019 by

Etosha was wonderful but so was the trip to the Okavano Delta Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2014 by

Amazing! Brilliant! Wonderful! Unforgettable! Awesome! Inspiring! We feel very privileged. Read full review

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