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23 Day Southern Africa Overland Expedition From Cape Town To Victoria Falls

23 Day Southern Africa Overland Expedition From Cape Town To Victoria Falls

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader who will accompany you throughout the tour. If your trip includes multiple countries, you will be met by a new tour leader in each country and any internal flights included will be unescorted.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Small Group Tour
1,165 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Small group tour - up to 20 guests only 
✓ Thrilling game drives across three countries and six national parks and reserves including Namib-Naukluft and Etosha National Park in Namibia, Khwai Conservation Area, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Chobe National Park in Botswana 
✓ Traditional mokoro (canoe) safari on the waters in the famous Okavango Delta, afternoon boat safari in Chobe National Park and visit to the salt pans in Makgadikgadi Desert in Botswana 
✓ Free time in Cape Town and Victoria Falls to explore at your own pace 
✓ 18 nights camping in some of Africa's prime campsites with provided dome tents and mattresses - upgrade to 3-star lodge accommodation with private ensuite facilities available
✓ 2 nights 4-star accommodation in Cape Town & 2 nights 3-star accommodation in Swakopmund
✓ Breakfast daily, 18 Lunches & 17 Dinners 
✓ Transportation in a specially modified overland truck with large drop down windows, individual USB ports and lockers 
✓ Escorted by expert, English-speaking guides
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town - Upper Eastside or Similar

Welcome to Cape Town! 

Once you've checked in, you will have the rest of the day to relax and explore at your own pace.

Please note that standard check in is 3pm. Should you be arriving earlier in the day, the hotel can hold your luggage until your room is ready.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town - Upper Eastside or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is yours to explore this amazing city on your own. Explore the rich history and culture by foot, grab an Uber or take the hop on hop off a tourist bus to make the most of your time today. Be sure to visit some of the most celebrated attractions including, the cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses of the Bo to Kaap, the famous V&A Waterfront and as well as a trip up Table Mountain.

Hotel
Marcuskraal Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an early breakfast before meeting your guide and fellow travellers in the hotel lobby ready for an 8am departure. As we depart from Cape Town, we'll make a quick stop to admire Table Mountain from across Table Bay then head approximately 200 km north towards the pretty rural township of Citrusdal located at the base of the Cederberg mountains. Along the way we stop at traditional "Padstal" – charming farm stalls scattered along South Africa's byways, offering a variety of homemade treats and baked goods. 

The Cederberg region not only showcases stunning mountains and orange farms but is also the birthplace of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has gained international acclaim as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. 

We arrive at our campsite with plenty of time to set up camp and take in the beautiful local views. Get a chance to meet your fellow travellers over dinner tonight while savouring the warmth of South African hospitality.

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at the Marcuskraal Chalets (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Felix Unite Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave the Cederberg region this morning and drive approximately 500 km to Orange River in Namibia. Along the way we start to find desert landscapes unfolding before us as we reach the Namaqualand region. Famed for its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and its stunning wild flowers during spring (July to September), the Namakwa coastline and the banks of the Orange River are popular for their hiking trails and off-roading routes for locals and tourists alike. Heading north, we make a brief stop in Springbok for supplies before crossing the border into Namibia and reaching our camp situated along the stunning Orange River. 

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at the Felix Unite Cabanas (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities. 

Hotel
Ai-Ais Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Although initially named after the Dutch Royal House, the Orange River has more recently been referred to by its original name, Gariep, meaning "river" in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Originating in the mountains of Lesotho, the Orange River stands as South Africa's longest river, providing a captivating contrast to the surrounding desert landscapes along its banks. To truly appreciate this region, the best approach is to venture onto its waters, and this morning, enjoy a canoe trip on the river with your guide. 

Following lunch, we bid farewell to the Orange River and continue our journey through Namibia as we head approximately 130 km inland to our overnight destination at Ai-Ais which lies at the southern end of the Fish River National Park Conservation Area. Along the way we make a stop and take a dip at the mineral and sulphur-rich natural hot springs that are famous in the area.

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at the Ais-Ais Hotsprings & Spa (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities. 

Hotel
Schutzenhaus Guesthouse Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Originating in the eastern parts of the Naukluft Mountains, the Fish River Canyon stands as Namibia's longest river and Africa's largest canyon. Today, our journey takes us to the canyon's rim, where we can enjoy a leisurely walk along its edge. Following this, we head approximately 220 km west towards Keetmanshoop. The afternoon unfolds with a stroll through the Quiver Tree Forest. Quiver trees are a species of aloe that can live for centuries with some of the specimens in this forest around 250 years old. We also take a guided walk through the nearby Giants Playground, aptly named for the arrangement of massive dolerite boulders ageing back over 170 million years stacked upon each other, forming intricate rock formations and a labyrinth of mazes.

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Schutzenhaus Guesthouse (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities. 

Hotel
Weltevrede Guestfarm Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave Keetmanshoop and travel approximately 520 km as we delve further into the heart of the Namib Desert. Our goal is the expansive dune fields that blanket the western expanse of the desert. Endless dusty roads and thinly scattered farmlands provide a glimpse into the immense rural expanses of Namibia. The gradual transition from the grasslands in the east to the red dunes in the west showcases the diverse facets of this desert nation. 

Tonight, our camp is situated at the threshold of the dune fields, where we drift off to sleep accompanied by the distinctive calls of the elusive Barking Gecko.

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Weltevrede Guestfarm (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Weltevrede Guestfarm Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, an early start awaits us as we embark on a journey to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Upon entering the park just after sunrise, our route leads us to the renowned Dune 45. Ascending this dune briskly provides us with an ideal perch to witness the captivating hues of the desert. Once satisfied, we descend from this iconic dune and indulge in a hearty breakfast. 

A 4x4 transfer then takes us into Sossusvlei, where we explore the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei on foot. Our desert exploration culminates with a visit to the Sesriem Canyon. As night falls, we shake off the red sand from our shoes and settle in for the night beneath the magnificent desert stars, having immersed ourselves in the wonders of this unforgiving landscape throughout the day.

 

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Weltevrede Guestfarm (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Haus Garnison Bed & Breakfast or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On our final day in the desert, we have the privilege of joining a local expert for an enlightening desert excursion. While bidding a reluctant farewell to the Namib and travel approximately 300 km to the seaside town of Swakopmund. En route, we make a stop to commemorate our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn before arriving into the bustling coastal town of Swakopmund where adventure awaits along with a welcome touch of civilization. 

Upon arriving in Swakopmund, your guide will present you with the opportunity to book any number of thrilling adventures available. Tonight we’ll enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant.

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Haus Garnison (or similar) in a room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Haus Garnison Bed & Breakfast or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the town at your own pace. Join one of the many optional tours available to book through your guide, spend the day at the beach, or spend the day indulging in the renowned coffee shops and bakeries that showcase a delightful array of German-inspired treats. Swakopmund provides all the conveniences of a small city and serves as an ideal starting point for the journey through the northern regions of the country.

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Haus Garnison (or similar) in a room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Khorixas Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our desert exploration extends northward as we head approximately 400 km into the desert landscapes of northern Namibia. We take the scenic route along the Namibian coastline and take a quick photo stop at the charming seaside town of Wlotskabaken before proceeding to the fascinating nearby Lichen Fields. Following this, we continue our travel up the coast to visit the renowned Seal Colony at Cape Cross, acknowledged as the world's largest with over 200,000 Cape Fur Seals lining the shore. Our journey then veers inland, leading us to the vast desert landscapes of the Khorixas area, where we explore the Twyfelfontein rock engravings. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein showcases over 2500 rock paintings and engravings dating back as far as 10,000 years. We also make a stop at the Petrified Forest where your local expert will guide you through the open grassland scattered with petrified tree trunks up to 34m long and 6m in circumference, which are estimated to be around 260 million years old.

We finally arrive to our camp late this afternoon where we relax and enjoy dinner together. 

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at iGowati Country Hotel (or similar) in a fan-cooled room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Etosha Village Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we continue our journey and travel approximately 220 km to Etosha National Park. Known for its incredible wildlife, Etosha is also known for its natural beauty showcasing vast salt pans, expansive savannas, and flourishing woodlands. Spanning an impressive 18,000 square kilometres, it reigns as one of the largest game parks in Southern Africa. 

This afternoon, enjoy a safari game drive through the park aboard our overland vehicle in hope of seeking out sightings of magnificent creatures such as lions, leopards, elephants, and rhinos. Additionally, we keep a keen eye out for cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and the abundant antelope species that populate the park.

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Etosha Village (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Etosha Village Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today dedicated to game drives in search of an impressive abundance of wildlife that inhabit this incredible park, including the “Big 5”. Etosha National Park was officially established as a protected area in 1907 and remains a haven for approximately 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species, and even a surprising inclusion of one fish species.

After a long day on safari, retire to the comfort of your campsite or lodge facilities this afternoon before enjoying dinner together.

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Etosha Village (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Namutoni Resort Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Indulge in a leisurely morning amidst the camp's serene surroundings, providing you with the perfect opportunity to relax. After lunch, we'll embark on our truck for an exhilarating afternoon game drive. Our journey unfolds as we traverse approximately 160 km across the vast landscapes of Etosha National Park, transitioning from the western plains to our new campsite and lodge situated on the park's eastern side.

Arriving at your new camp this evening, enjoy dinner with your group

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Namutoni Resort (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Shametu River Lodge Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we depart Etosha this morning, our journey unfolds as we travel approximately 650 km and make our way towards the Kavango River, where we will settle in Divundu for the night. The transition from Etosha's white sands to the scenic banks of the Kavango River marks a captivating shift in our adventure. This overnight stop offers a chance to immerse ourselves in the unique charm of Divundu, located on the south-eastern banks of the Okavango River in the Kavango East Region of Namibia, it  provides a refreshing contrast to the arid landscapes left behind. This evening, dine under the stars at the campsite while enjoying sounds of the Okavango River.

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Shametu River Lodge (or similar) in a fan-cooled room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Sedia Hotel Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Before setting off for Maun, we indulge in a relaxed boat cruise along the scenic Kavango River. Returning back to camp, we board our vehicle and travel approximately 420 km today crossing the border into Botswana where our journey leads us to the entrance of the Okavango Delta, the town of Maun. A night's stay in Maun precedes our upcoming adventure in the Okavango Delta and allows us to rejuvenate and prepare for the unique experiences that await us amidst the captivating landscapes of one of Africa's natural wonders. Our exploration promises to unfold in the heart of the extraordinary Okavango Delta, creating lasting memories in the days ahead.

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Sedia Hotel (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities. 

Hotel
Khwai Tented Camp Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our journey progresses towards the enchanting Okavango Delta, where early risers can opt for a scenic flight over the Delta, weather permitting. 

Following the optional flight, we travel approximately 130 km from Maun to the Khwai Conservation. Spanning a staggering 200,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, Khwai Conservation area offers a diverse landscape of mopane, acacia woodland, seasonal waterholes, open floodplains and waterways that wind their way across the landscape from the Khwai River. Wildlife is prolific and diverse with large herds of elephant, sable and roan antelope and a healthy population of predators - leopard, lion, cheetah and wild dog. Buffalo are always to be found in the reserve, when it rains, they head north to the mopane to graze off the rich grass and in June they move south to the river. This afternoon, enjoy an afternoon mokoro (canoe) excursion into the Okavango Delta to a truly immersive wildlife experience. 

Note: Your overland vehicle will not be permitted to travel from Maun to Khwai and you will be transferred by smaller safari vehicles. You will need to pack an overnight bag for the next two nights ensuring essential personal belongings are packed before your departure from Maun. 

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Khwai Tented Camp (or similar) in a Safari Tent with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Namutoni Resort Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today presents us with an incredible opportunity to immerse ourselves in thrilling game drives. We embark on an exploration of the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, traversing the vast landscape in our open 4x4 vehicle. The morning and afternoon game drives allow us to venture deep into the reserve, with hopes of encountering a diverse array of wildlife that frequents this remarkable region.

The Moremi Game Reserve is known for its impressive concentration of mammals, offering a high likelihood of witnessing a variety of species during each game drive.  Prepare yourself for a day filled with adventure and the possibility of encountering remarkable wildlife and avian wonders amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Moremi Game Reserve. 

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Khwai Tented Camp (or similar) in a Luxury Safari Tent with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Nata Lodge Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our journey takes a new direction as we bid farewell to the bush and venture approximately 440 km eastward toward the mesmerising Makgadikgadi Pans. These expansive pans were once a thriving river-fed lake, but now they stand as vast, saline plains. The scenic drive from Maun to Nata showcases some of Botswana's breathtaking landscapes and the rich cultural heritage. Keep an eye open as there is always a chance of a wildlife encounter or two before reaching your overnight destination in Nata.  

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Nata Lodge (or similar) in a room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Thebe River Safaris Lodge Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, we partake in a guided drive to the Nata pans, a pivotal breeding ground for numerous water birds, including pelicans and flamingos numbering in the thousands (subject to seasonal migratory patterns). Transitioning from the Kalahari sands of Nata we travel approximately 300 km to Kasane reaching our destination in time for lunch. 

Later in the afternoon, we take a short drive to the nearby Chobe National Park, this time from the river's perspective. A leisurely boat cruise offers an intimate encounter with the numerous elephants that frequent the river in the afternoons, providing a unique and up-close experience with these majestic creatures. Return to Kasane for an evening of leisure. 

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Thebe River Safaris Lodge (or similar) in an air-conditioned room with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Shearwater Explorers Village Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Today we travel approximately 80 km and cross the border into Zimbabwe, heading towards the nearby Victoria Falls. On arrival, check into your lodge situated only 400m from the Victoria Falls where the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the magnificent Victoria Falls at your own pace. 

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Shearwater Explorers Village (or similar) in an air-conditioned standard chalet with private en-suite facilities.

Hotel
Shearwater Explorers Village Campsite or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today, bid farewell to your fellow travelling companions and enjoy another full day at leisure exploring Victoria Falls and its township. Choose to relax at the lodge or you may want to partake in one of the extensive optional touring options available for purchase at the lodge. 

Those upgrading to the accommodated itinerary will be staying at Shearwater Explorers Village (or similar) in an air-conditioned standard chalet with private en-suite facilities.

Meals
Breakfast

Your tour concludes after breakfast, leaving today as the ideal opportunity to tailor the adventure to your preferences among the plethora of activities in Victoria Falls. Whether you opt for the exhilaration of rafting on the mighty Zambezi River or savour the panoramic views during a flight over the Falls, this is your day to relish the diverse attractions Victoria Falls has to offer.

Inclusions

  • Small group tour - up to 20 guests only 
  • Game drives and sightseeing as per itinerary 
  • Free time in Cape Town and Victoria Falls to explore at your own pace 
  • 18 nights camping with provided dome tents and mattresses.
  • Upgrade to 3 star lodge accommodation with private ensuite facilities available. 
  • 2 nights in 4 star accommodation in Cape Town and 2 nights 3 star accommodation in Swakopmund
  • Breakfast daily, 18 Lunches & 17 Dinners prepared fresh daily aboard the truck kitchen 
  • Transportation in a specially modified overland truck with large drop down windows, individual USB ports and lockers 
  • Escorted by expert, English-speaking guides
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • 7 Day cooling off period. See under Fine Print for more information

  • Cape Town - Two days to explore this dynamic city at your own pace 
  • Sossusvlei - Visit the world’s highest sand dunes, the impressive vastness of Dead Vlei and the impressive Sesriem Canyon
  • Fish River Canyon - Visit the second largest canyon in the World after the Grand Canyon of the USA.
  • Ai-Ais - Take time to relax in the famous hot springs
  • Orange River - enjoy stunning mountain ranges and incredible wildflowers during the months of July - September 
  • Swakopmund - Spend time in this charming coastal German town with optional activities available
  • Etosha National Park - enjoy game drives through Namibia’s premier national park, home to four of the “Big Five” as well as over 114 different game species and in excess of 340 bird species
  • Khorixas - Explore the Twyfelfontein rock engravings dating back 10,000 years and the Petrified Forest with specimens estimated to be around 260 million years old.
  • Okavango Delta - Travel to the Moremi Reverse, ranked as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa and experience day and night game drives as well as a traditional mokoro excursion 
  • Makgadikgadi Pans - Spend time exploring some of the largest saltpans in the world and a visit to the Nata Bird Sanctuary
  • Khwai Conservation Area - Enjoy guided safaris through prolific and diverse wildlife with large herds of elephant and a healthy population of predators - leopard, lion, cheetah and wild dog.
  • Chobe National Park - Morning game drive in the game-rich national park as well as an afternoon game viewing boat trip on the Chobe River
  • Victoria Falls - Enjoy two days to explore the falls and surrounding area on your own

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $520.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $1,039.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Travelling in Africa
Travelling by road in Africa can include some long travel days.  Road quality can vary from comfortable sealed roads to rough & bumpy dirt roads.  Distances covered can be in excess of 300 km (180 miles) per day or more than 6 hours journey time, subject to the road conditions.  

Luggage
Due to limited storage capacity of your safari vehicle, we ask that luggage is kept to a manageable amount in a small soft bag no more than 23 kg.  You must be able to lift your own luggage. Hard suitcases are not suitable.  It is also recommended to bring a day pack for use throughout the day.

Camp Participation
On this tour your participation in camp chores is limited: taking turns to assist with washing-up duties, putting up and taking down your tent and loading your bags.  Even if taking the accommodation upgrade option, assisting with washing-up duties and loading the truck is still expected.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a '3'

Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the truck and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.  Please refer to further information in the Camping & Accommodation Upgrade section below.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $132.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 20

Age Limits
This tour is not suitable for children.  Minimum age is 18 years.
Passengers over the age of 60 take responsibility that they are fit enough to travel and may be asked to leave the tour if they are hindering the progress of the tour.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Camping:
With the exception of Cape Town and Swakopmund, accommodation for this tour is camping.   You are provided with heavy duty canvas dome tents which are standing height and approximately 2.5 x 2.5m across the base. You need to provide your own pillow, sleeping bag and towel. A sleeping mattress is provided. The tents are easy to put up and have flexible self-supporting poles. There is a flysheet provided for rainy weather and a built-in mosquito net which should be kept closed at all times. Your guide will explain the correct way of putting up and taking down your tent. 

Most of the camp sites have shared toilet and shower facilities, but hot water is not always avaialble.  Some places that we visit are bush camps where there are no facilities.

Accommodated - Optional Upgrade:
If you prefer not to camp, please select the Accommodation Upgrade option in the purchase path at the time of making your booking.  Accommodation will be in traditional huts, permanent tented camps and hotel rooms, the majority of these are ensuite.  All bedding & towels will be provided. Accommodation is typically situated within the same campgrounds as the campers and communal meals are prepared and enjoyed at the truck with the group.

 

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

Your luggage is limited to one backpack/duffle bag and one day pack weighing no more than 23kg. As a general rule, if you cannot lift your own luggage, you’ve packed too much! Most people make the mistake of bringing too many clothes on tour, less is more in this instance.

Please keep in mind that this is a safari tour in a specially designed overland vehicle and luggage should not include any Samsonite style suitcases. As the wheelie / trolley bags have a solid frame, they don’t fit into spaces the same way a backpack or a duffel bag does. A compact, flexible, soft shell (without a hard frame) duffel bag is perfect for fitting into a locker of our camping & accommodated tours.

On the camping tours you will be required to bring your own sleeping bag as we do not rent out sleeping bags. We often get asked what sort of sleeping bag is needed for our tours. There are many factors that you should consider when choosing your sleeping bag including, weather conditions, season and the minimum temperatures at night time. Each sleeping bag will have a temperature rating that will indicate either a Risk (weather colder than -3°C), Transition (2°C - 5°C), or Comfort (6°C - 10°C) rating. Also take into account what type of sleeper you are; do you like to layer, do you easily get cold or do you tend to heat up.

You will be provided a mattress, which is 5cm thick, so you have a comfortable night’s sleep. Pillows are not provided, so if you would like to use one, please make sure you bring one with you.

Those upgrading to the accommodated tour, all bedding, towels and toiletries will be provided. 

You will need a smaller bag, big enough to bring basic equipment (toiletries and clothes) for two nights – when we visit Khwai Conservation Area and Savuti National Parks as we will be separated from the truck for two nights and space is limited it the 4x4 open safari vehicles.

Overland vehicles are custom built to conform to the highest safety standards and are approved by the South African safety regulator (NRCS) according to strict standards. All overland vehicles have 24 seats taking a maximum of 20 guests, and has additional packing space for camping equipment. There is also a small club area on board ideal for playing cards or socialising and seat rotation is encouraged. 

Each traveler has their own allocated locker with the dimensions 35cm wide, 35cm high and 80cm deep - please ensure that your belongings can fit into this secured locker. There will be no concessions given for those whose bags exceed these dimensions. 

Please note there is no air-conditioning, wifi or toilets on these overland vehicles.

Specifications include:

  • tinted windows & shading

  • individual USB ports

  • large drop down windows

  • forward facing seats

  • seatbelts

  • informal area (for socialising)

  • freezer

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $189.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $241.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $207.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $294.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • International airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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