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LILONGWE to CAPE TOWN (35 Days) Deltas & Dunes

This 35 day trip with Oasis Overland starts in Malawi and takes you through Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

The warm heart of Africa will welcome your arrival before continuing south through the ever changing landscapes of Southern Africa. Experience wildlife on a more personal basis as you walk with lion cubs or game view on elephant or horseback! Adrenaline activities abound in the adventure mecca's of Victoria Falls and Swakopmund, before ending in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

LILONGWE to CAPE TOWN (35 Days) Deltas & Dunes
  • Okavango Delta sunset
  • Mozambique
  • Elephant in Chobe National Park
  • Sleeping lions, Zimbabwe
  • White water rafting, Zimbabwe
  • Sand boarding, Namibia
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Baby giraffe at Cheetah Park, Namibia
  • Antelope Park, Zimbabwe
  • Okavango Delta sunset
  • Mozambique
  • Elephant in Chobe National Park
  • Sleeping lions, Zimbabwe
  • White water rafting, Zimbabwe
  • Sand boarding, Namibia
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Baby giraffe at Cheetah Park, Namibia
  • Antelope Park, Zimbabwe

Detailed Itinerary

Please note that our itineraries are not set in stone and can be subject to change.

Days 1 to 7

Our African Overland trip leaves Lilongwe to cross into Mozambique and head for Zimbabwe. We follow the infamous Tete Corridor which was well known in the days of Mozambiques long running civil war as the Gun Run. Thankfully these days things are a lot different! We enter Zimbabwe and travel via the capital, Harare before we make our way to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, where we will either visit Chimanimani National Park or Vumba Gardens, where you have the opportunity to take a hike through the mountain wilderness area, or hiking to the nearby bridal veil falls, or simply enjoying the stunning surroundings from this sleepy village whilst strolling through the village market. Great Zimbabwe Ruins which was once the greatest medieval city in Sub Saharan Africa and where the name Zimbabwe is derived, literally meaning house of stone is where we stop next to view this ancient city.

Days 8 to 10

We drive across Mashonaland to Gweru, here we visit a privately run horse and game ranch where you can go game viewing on elephant and horseback or even take a walk with Lion Cubs! Its our destination for the next few days and always a highlight! Next we enter Matabeleland and the town of Bulawayo.

Days 11 to 12

You have the option of leaving the truck for a day to venture into Matobo National Park with a local safari company. You will have a unique chance to get out on foot to try and spot the elusive Black Rhino - amongst hordes of other game. There is also the opportunity to visit Cecil Rhodes' grave and Ancient Rock Paintings before travelling to one of the greatest adventure playgrounds of the world - Victoria Falls.

Days 13 to 14

For some, Mosi oa Tunya - The Smoke That Thunders, is the highlight of their African safari. From the main road, in the bush 20kms away, a cloud of mist and spray can be seen against the blue sky. As you get closer , a low rumble like thunder can be heard. When you arrive it is a surprise to discover the enormity of Victoria Falls. One mile wide and hurling over 5 million cubic metres of water a minute into the Zambezi Gorge this is the setting for the most adrenaline fuelled  grade 5 white water rafting in the world. There is something here for everyone to end off this Kenya to Zimbabwe safari: A day trip over the Victoria Falls bridge to view the falls from Zambia, Flight of Angels - a great way to get a birds eye view of the falls in a light aircraft or helicopter, Sunset Boat Cruises or a more sedate Canoe trip, to the adrenaline packed Gorge Swing, Abseil or a chance to experience one of the highest commercial Bungee Jumps in the world - a perfect way to end your African experience.

Days 15 to 18

Our overland trip continues from Zimbabwe into Botswana, spending the night on the outskirts of the Chobe National Park - famous for its hordes of Elephants, as well as an abundance of other wildlife. You will have a chance to spend the afternoon on the Chobe River - a less intrusive way to view game and wildlife - as well as the Namibian frontier across the river. We then head south into the Kalahari Basin - known for its dry, desolate and expansive freedom. You will have an opportunity to leave the truck for a few days to venture into the Okavango Delta.  Local poler guides will navigate the extensive waterways using canoes similar to their traditional Mokoro's (dug out canoes).This is a great experience - and the best way to have a chance of seeing the elusive wildlife of this unique desert oasis. You will have a number of opportunities to go on game walks with rangers - giving you the chance to see elephant, crocodile and hippo up close and personal. The Okavango Delta is one of the world's largest inland waterways and its calming serenity will leave those who experience it feeling supremely relaxed. There is also the opportunity to experience the heights of African adventure travel too: see the delta from the air during an hour-long flight.

Days 19 to 21

Travelling west we enter Namibia and continue toward Etosha National Park - recognised as one of the worlds greatest wildlife viewing areas. The semi desert is quite a contrast to the more fertile terrain we have been used to. The night sky ablaze with shooting stars and the warm glow of our campfire makes for unforgettable camping experiences. Besides game drives we can also game watch by night at one of the floodlit water holes where we may well spot Rhino, Elephant and Giraffe among a host of other wildlife. From Etosha we visit a local Cheetah park and get up close to these amazing and endangered creatures, before continuing on to the Brandberg Mountains in Demaraland.

Days 22 to 27

We then travel to the stunning Spitzkoppe Rock formations. Known as the Matterhorn of Namibia - the Spitzkoppe is part of the Erongo Mt range and was formed over 100 million years ago after the collapse of a gigantic volcano. The scenery is striking from every angle - even more stunning as the granite massifs turn red at sunset. Next stop is the world famous Cape Cross Seal Colony, where the sight of thousands of these mammals, as well as their accompanying pungent odour is remembered by all! The Cool Atlantic Ocean and the prominent Benguela current provide a perfect location for feeding and breeding for the Cape Fur Seal.
For the next three days, our Africa overland trip will be based in Swakopmund - Namibia's adventure gateway. You can choose between a variety of activities and excursions here: spend a day deep sea fishing for shark and other game fish or head out to the desert and try quad biking and dune sledding. You can also go horse riding or get a birds eye view of the dramatic coastline - either by Sky diving from 10,000 feet or take a flight over the towering sand dunes in the area. In Swakopmund itself you can walk along miles of deserted beaches, visit the museum or relax in a cafe. 

Days 28 to 32

A one day drive takes us to the Namib-Naukluft Park, a vast expanse of desert which contains some of the highest sand dunes in the world. At Sossusvlei we stop and explore the area and the dunes. Continuing south we enter the semi-desert, and wide-open countryside of cattle ranching until we arrive at one of Africas most sensational natural features, Fish River Canyon. We stop here for a couple of hours to take in the awesome scenery.

Days 33 to 35

A couple of hours drive away we enter South Africa and cross the Orange River - a rich source of diamonds. We travel south through the Cederburg Wilderness Area, an area of rugged valleys and peaks - before getting to our final destination on this African adventure; the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Our accommodation here will be in a backpackers lodge.

What’s Included

  • Chimanimani Nat. Park or Vumba Gardens
  • Private Game Ranch
  • Chobe National Park (entrance & river cruise)
  • Etosha National Park
  • Cheetah Park
  • Namib Naukluft Park
  • Spitzkoppe Rock formations
  • Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
  • Fish River Canyon
  • All transport on Oasis Expedition Truck
  • Accommodation fees (approx. 90% camping & 10% simple hostels/hotels)
  • Camping and Cooking gear
  • Minimum of Two meals per day (on average)
  • Services of Oasis Crew

What’s Not Included

  • Visas US$45 - US$120 (depending on nationality most can be obtained en route)
  • Meals taken while staying in hotels/hostels (i.e. Swakopmund, C. Town)
  • Optional Excursions as listed in the pre-departure information
  • Airport Taxes & Transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Tips