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.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Victoria Falls to Cape Town small group holiday

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.

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.

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.

We are proud to be a carbon neutral company. We offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. Through these schemes, significant financial contributions are being made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travellers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects, equating to over AU$1 million since 2007. Since then, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!

We invest in internationally accredited offset projects that are based in our biggest destinations. These projects not only offset our emissions but they also improve the environment of the local communities by providing an alternative to fossil fuels and therefore produce less pollution.
Our current project is the Alize Çamseki wind farm in Turkey. The wind turbines produce approximately 82,000 MWh of electricity annually and in doing so prevents 52,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere each year.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Imposible to pick one thing as it was 3 weeks of wall to wall fantastic
experinces.
Etosha NP.... Game drives & waterhole at night/early morning!
An elephant suddenly looming from nowhere in the dark & playing in the water.
Rhino trekking....7 just 8metres away. Awesome!
Elephant encounter right in front of our vehicle!
4 hippos 10 metres in front of us.
Okavango mokoro canoes & camp & tracking and amazing helicopter flight over
delta (own expense).
Climbing dune 45 for sunrise.
There isn't room to list it all.... It was truely amazing!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't delay... Go now before you are too old or sadly the animals gone!
This rates as our top holiday we have done, equal with an Antarctica
expedition!
I need quiet time at home to be able to reflect on the fabulous experiences!
It was out first ever camping trip (aged 67 & 62) and we thoroughly enjoyed
it!
A great mix of ages and nationalities and experience.
Superb leaders. Brilliant cook on our trip and excellent food (sirloin & fillet & t bone steaks AND we also had a refund on the kitty!)
Being practical....if you have delicate hands like us, a pair of light gardening gloves really helped!
Make sure you have a good zoom camera... We bought a new one en route!
Try a monocular if you can't use binoculars (great for us).
You will be amazed how early you want to go to bed!
But DO go to the water holes at night/early morning as it is amazing & you
will have missed unforgettable memories!
Take neutral colours & quick drying clothes.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.
Stayed on a San People site and had a guided talk/walk.
Local people took us in the mokoros canoes & looked after us.
Own our rhino trekking guide explained how deliberately cutting rhinos horn
once ever 10 yrs would save them from poachers (horn is keratin like our
nails so not painful).
Some of these magnificent beats may not exist for our children/grandchildren
to see.
We have been very privileged indeed.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing! Brilliant! Wonderful! Unforgettable! Awesome! Inspiring!
We feel very privileged.
We quickly became a friendly family, caring for & helping each other.
Don't stick to your allocated tasks only... give a hand if something needs
doing, you will all benefit. Be part of the team!
Still trying to take on all we have done & seen and can't wait to see my
photos properly!

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