Overlanding through Africa can be tough, but it is also the most authentic and fun way to experience the continent, its diverse people and the stunning wildlife. The most popular overland adventure to do in Southern Africa is the 20 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Safari. This three-week trip crosses 4 countries with vastly different landscapes, filled with gorgeous cities, mind blowing adrenalin activities, adventure tours and of course, plenty of wildlife safaris.
Without a doubt, the best reason for choosing the Cape Town to Vic Falls overland is the stunning route that you will follow on this adventure packed trip.
Starting in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town allows you the opportunity to arrive a few days or even a week early and enjoy everything that Cape Town has to offer – a city repeatedly voted as the best holiday destination in the world.
Departing from Cape Town the truck heads up north and the first two days are spent following the west coast of South Africa. You will have a couple of stops along the way to see the Cederberg Mountain Range, do some wine tasting and take a canoe along the Orange River.
Day three sees you reaching the Namibian border, and once border formalities are complete the truck heads further north to see what this dry but exquisite country has to offer. As you progress through Namibia you will see the landscape change vastly as you enter the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. Mountainous sand dunes and massive canyons make Namibia a unique and wondrous experience. One of the major highlights here has to be Etosha National Park with its massive salt pans and abundance of wildlife.
Crossing over into Botswana brings on a completely new experience. The winding water ways of the Okavango Delta and the mighty Chobe River offer a whole new perspective to the landscapes and wildlife spotting. With plenty of elephants, crocodiles, hippos and the Big 5 in abundance, a river safari or mokoro canoe trip is both exciting and an amazing opportunity for photographs.
Last stop on this epic overland adventure is the spectacular Victoria Falls, nicknamed “The Smoke That Thunders” due to the massive mist cloud that rises hundreds of feet into the air above the falls. The town of Victoria Falls boasts a whole host of activities from white water rafting, to bungee jumping, to scenic flights over the falls.
If you’re extra brave you can even go for a swim in the Devil’s Pool – a small rock pool on the very edge of the waterfall. What better way to end your 20 day African Overland Tour?
All the overland safari vehicles used on this tour are custom made trucks and are built in Cape Town, so they are very well maintained and provide a high level of comfort. The trucks are equipped with charging point for your electronics, lockers to keep your stuff safe and of course massive windows for the best possible views and wildlife sightings.
As the Cape Town To Vic Falls Overland Safari follows a well-travelled route, the roads are mostly tarred and of a decent quality, which makes for a more comfortable drive. You are not going too far off the beaten track, so all the campsites you stay at are well equipped with amenities and possibilities for accommodation upgrades if you need a break from your tent.
Another reason why this overland adventure tour is so popular is the fact that it runs frequently and so it is easy to book a last-minute trip. There are multiple trips departing every week. Of course, the costs of Overlanding Africa play a big part in choosing which trip you choose.
The Cape to Vic Falls overland is very reasonably priced at around R1000 per day. You really are getting a great deal as the price generally includes 3 meals a day, accommodation, and a host of fun and exciting activities. Certain things like visas, flights and alcohol will be for your own account of course, but apart from that the trips are very inclusive.
As your Cape Town to Victoria Falls overland adventure will either start or finish in Cape Town, depending on whether you doing a north or south bound trip, the flights are readily available and are a lot cheaper than flying into other African countries with smaller airports. And of course, who doesn’t want to spend some time in Cape Town, one of the best and most beautiful cities in the world.
To round it all up, the vast variety of landscapes and wildlife viewing possibilities is what makes this trip so special. From the cosmopolitan city of Cape town, to the deserts of Namibia and Etosha Plains, the winding waterways of the Okavango Delta and of course the mighty Victoria Falls, this trip encompasses such a vast contrast of beautiful countries and experiences.