CAPE TOWN TO VICTORIA FALLS

GUIDED SELF-DRIVE 4x4 TOUR

A 31-day self-drive tour showcasing Southern Africa, from Cape Town, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Experience amazing wildlife, epic landscapes, fascinating history, meet the locals and get under the skin of this unique part of the world.

As a guided self-drive tagalong journey you have the freedom to explore as you wish with local knowledge pointing you in the right direction and showing you the hidden gems. This journey explores part of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and finishes in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Think self-drive in Africa sounds a bit scary? Here’s why we think Namibia is one of the best self-drive destinations in the world: read our blog

Pricing: from A$11,990 per person sharing

Upcoming Departures:

18 June to 18 July 2025 | 17 September – 17 October 2025

ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

South Africa

The Western Cape of South Africa is home to incredible food, wine, cultural, nature & wildlife experiences.

Explore Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Take a cable car up Table Mountain, wander the streets, relax on the beach or explore the restaurants and night life and meet the locals.

Hermanus is a stunning coastal town famous for its southern right whales, great white sharks, epic coastal walking path and the Hemel and Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth Valley) with its funky wineries and great restaurants.

The must visit towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are surrounded by mountains with lush vineyards and orchards on the lower slops. Explore these historic towns with amazing wine estates, architecture and history.

Namibia

Namibia and all its splendour – think big open spaces, amazing landscapes and epic wildlife. This is where the 4×4 campers will come into their own.

Explore the Dune Fields around Sesriem and the Namib-Naukluft National Park, climb some of the highest dunes in the world and test your sand driving as we explore. An expert local guide will show you just how much lives in this harsh environment if you know where to look.

Head out into the wilds and explore the rock spires of Spitzkoppe and the harsh deserts landscapes around Twyfelfontein with its amazing rock art.

Head further north into the desert in search of the elephant, rhinos and other wildlife which have adapted to live in this harsh environment.

Explore the Kaokoland and meet the local Himba tribal people still proudly keeping to their traditional ways. We will over the journey meet many different local tribes just in Namibia we will meet the Himba, San or Bushman, Ovambo and Herero all with their distinctive traditions and dress.

Explore the area of Epupa Falls deep in Himba Land on the northern border of Namibia.

Game drive in Etosha National Park marvelling at the amazing wildlife –  Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and many plains antelope in there natural environment, this is a true wildlife experience.

Botswana & Victoria Falls

Explore the Chobe National Park with some of the highest concentrations of elephant in Africa. We explore by boat and by open topped safari vehicle with knowledgeable guides.

Cross the border into Zimbabwe and marvel at the incredible Victoria Falls as you stroll along the edge of this natural wonder. There is also the chance to fly over the Falls and, for the adventurous, why not white water raft the mighty Zambezi?

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 - Cape Town

We meet you at the airport when you arrive and transfer you back to the hotel in a nice area of Cape Town close to the action. Cape Town is now listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the world and has a lot on offer. While in Cape Town we will explore as a group to get everybody settled in and ready to get behind the wheel and head off and explore.

No trip to Cape Town would be complete without a trip to the top of Table Mountain the iconic landmark of this beautiful city. Most will opt for the cable car but for the adventurous there is the option of hiking to the top which can be guided if required. Returning by Cable Car we continue and drive along the Atlantic coast with incredible mountain views of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range which forms the back of Table Mountain, where you’ll find one of the most scenic stretches of coast in the world.

Next is the Constantia Valley which was the breadbasket of the Cape in early days and we visit the historic farm of Groot Constantia with its wonderful examples of Cape Dutch architecture, museum and also South Africa’s oldest winery established in 1685.

From here we drive some more amazing roads and stop off for a walk through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before heading back to our hotel in the Centre of Cape Town.

Days 3&4 - Hermanus

This morning for those who have selected to self drive this section we collect our cars or you continue as part of the group and head to Hermanus a small coastal town. We make our way out of Cape Town initially on the highway but soon turn off to head down to the Atlantic Ocean coast and drive the beautiful scenic road to the town of Betty’s Bay where we suggest stopping off and visiting the Stoney Point Penguin Colony before continuing to Hermanus.

Hermanus is one of the most popular coastal towns around Cape Town with its stunning coastal cliffs broken up by little sandy bays. The coastal walking trail is sure to be a highlight, but the town Centre and harbour have lots to offer and for those wanting to venture further afield there is the option to drive to Cape Agulhus, the southernmost point of Africa, or head up the Hemel and Aarde Valley for some stunning scenery and great wine estates.

Days 5 & 6 - Franschhoek

Since this trip is all about exploring and driving some amazing routes today won’t disappoint as we head over the mountains to the quaint town of Franschhoek established by the French Huguenot settlers in 1688. Known as the gastronomical capital of South Africa the many restaurants are worth exploring.

While in Franschhoek we park the cars and jump aboard the local wine tram and head out to explore the wine estates in the surrounding area. Even if wine is not your thing, the day out is sure to be enjoyable.

Day 7 - Stellenbosch

Early start as we head off for the short drive to explore Stellenbosch another historic town of South Africa but with a very different vibe to Franschhoek. This university town has a great energy and its many museums and historical buildings are well worth exploring.

For those who fancy trying some more wine there are several world class wine estates to explore or if you fancy some wildlife, head out to the Spier Wine Estate which has a Cheetah and Eagle sanctuary to explore.

Day 8 - Windhoek

Today we head from Stellenbosch back to Cape Town airport and fly to Windhoek the capital of Namibia and our starting point to explore. Here we will pick up our 4×4 campers and get ready to explore the epic landscapes and wildlife of Namibia which are sure to be highlight.

While in Windhoek there will be a chance to explore this modern the city and we suggest joining us for a dinner at Joe’s Beer House, a local institution serving up many local specialities.

Day 9 - Spreethoogte

We will have an early start as we collect our vehicles this morning and spend some time getting familiar with all the features, as well as time spent discussing how to drive the mainly dirt roads and tracks we will explore on this epic journey. Previous dirt road driving experience will be useful but not essential, and with a bit of help we are sure you will enjoy driving the many stunning roads we will explore.

It’s time to hit the road! We start off on tar which will give everybody a chance to get a feel for their 4×4 before turning off onto the dirt/gravel roads that Namibia is famous for. As we wind through the mountains we head to the top of the Spreethoogte pass at an altitude of 1822m above sea level. The drive to the top of the pass is great but the views from the top of the pass down onto the coastal plain and dune fields of the Namib Naukluft Desert are sure to inspire. After admiring the view, we head for our first camp and first of many dinners cook around the campfire. On this tour all the campfire cooking is taken care of for you and you can be as involved as you like.

Day 10 - Sossusvlei & Namib-Naukluft National Park

Today we wind our way down towards the dune fields of the Namib Desert and Namib Naukluft National park. Enroute we stop of at Solitaire a desert outpost famous for its apple pie of all things and a great place to break the journey.

The scenery will continue to impress as we head for Sesriem where we will camp for the night and this will be our jump off point to explore the dunes of the national park and Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.

There is some great sand driving to do and with the correct tyre pressures everybody is sure to enjoy themselves. There is the option to head into the national park in the afternoon and the following morning which should allow some great options for photos.

The nearby sand canyon of Sesriem is also worth exploring. Another night in the desert with amazing stars and a cracking fire.

Days 11 & 12 - Namib Desert

Today we head to a special destination and private game reserve/desert experience. Many years ago (well possibly like 25 years ago) when Pete first started guiding in Namibia he had the pleasure of meeting a guide who showed a side of the Namib desert most miss and don’t even now exist and 25 years later this legend still continues to show people what this amazing desert hides. We head out on a late afternoon guided drive to see what the desert has to offer. The following day we head off on a 4×4 route to explore the surrounding landscapes.

Days 13 & 14 - Swakopmund

Today we head back to civilisation for two night stay and a chance to restock and do all those things you do in a coastal holiday town.

Swakopmund is the adventure centre of Namibia with many options on offer but taking a quad bike out into the desert with an experienced guide is a great experience. You could even jump out of a perfectly good plane at 12,000 ft and experience the desert in a tandem skydive, it’s up to you! Or you could just explore the German inspired architecture, restaurants and “kafe und kuchen” scene of this great costal town.

There is also the option of taking a self-guided day trip up the Skeleton Coast to the Cape Fur seal colony at Cape Cross.

Day 15 - Spitzkoppe

An early start today as we head back into the wilds as we head inland to the towering sandstone spires of Spitzkoppe. The scenery is amazing and there are many great walks to do as well as some great examples of local bushman rock art to view. This can be an easy walk or a challenging hike, it is up to you.

Day 16 - Twyfelfontein

As we head further into the wilds we enter Damaraland named after the local tribe we try stick to the small backroads and odd off-road tracks as we head to Twyfelfontein which translated means “doubtful spring”.

There is evidence that this area has been inhabited for more than 6000 years, but 2500 years ago San/Bushman moved into this area and left more than 2000 rock etchings to record their time spent here. We do a tour with a local guide and explore this scenic valley with its ancient spiritual past and some interesting geological formations. There is also a chance of encountering the desert elephants in this area.

Days 17 & 18 - Sesfontein

We continue heading north through Damaraland and start heading into Koakoland, the most sparsely populated region of Namibia. The area around Sesfontein has an incredible natural beauty but is also home to Desert Elephant and Black Rhino as well as Lion and other plains game.

We base ourselves in Sesfontein and do a day trip up a river bed to explore with a local guide and hopefully find some of these incredibly adapted animals which call this arid region home. This should offer us the chance to really work our 4x4s as we explore.

Days 19 & 20 - Epupa Falls

We continue north from here and should start seeing the local people of the Himba tribe, many of whom have proudly kept their local customs and dress. We will explore their way of life when we head off with a local guide to understand there many cultures, family group structures and how they exist in this harsh environment. Be prepared to try bit of the local makeup and jewellery.

While in Himba land we will base ourselves at the Epupa Falls on the Kunene River which forms the border between Namibia and Angola.

It’s a big drive day, but worth it to get this far north.

Day 21 - Ruacana

From Epupa Falls the plan is to follow the Kunene River heading for Ruacana. This is a stunning drive and will involve crossing a lot of dry river beds but will be a fun day out with a good chance of wildlife along the river. We camp at a riverside lodge and head out onto the river on a boat trip.

Days 22 to 24 - Etosha National Park

As we head east into Ovomboland and into the most populous part of Namibia, so different from the Kaokoland which we have just left. This will be our biggest day on the road, but a lot of it will be on fast tar road and we will break the journey along the way. Our destination is sure to be a trip highlight as we head for Etosha National Park, one of the best national parks in Africa. The park covers an area of 22,270 square kilometres of which the Etosha salt pan covers 4,760 square kilometres so big it can be seen from space.

With fantastic concentrations of game, we will go in search of Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Giraffe, the many plains game and so much more. We self drive the national park but for those that fancy a drive with a knowledgeable local guide there are game drives available, but we find that most people enjoy heading off on their own. While in Etosha we will base ourselves at two different camps so as to explore as much as possible.

Day 25 - Otjiwarongo

We say goodbye to Etosha and start heading back to Windhoek. We will break the journey enroute for our last night under canvas, and a visit to the AfriCat Foundation which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the education and preservation of the predators of Southern Africa.

Day 26 - Windhoek

We arrive back in Windhoek to hand back our 4×4’s and relax in our comfortable accommodation before flying north the following morning to Victoria Falls.

Day 27 - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

We board our flight in Windhoek and fly to Zimbabwe, arriving at the town of Victoria Falls with a flight duration of just under 2 hours.

This adventure hub has so much on offer but the main attraction is the Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke that thunders). Though neither the widest or highest, the Victoria Falls are considered the largest falling sheet of water in the world.

We explore the Victoria Falls National Park along the edge of the gorge with many great views back to the falls. Depending on rainfall this can be a rather wet experience as the spray from the falls can rise as high as 400m above the falls.

Day 28 - Chobe National Park, Botswana

A early start as we board our transfer from Victoria Falls to Chobe National park in our next country Botswana. This little corner of Africa sees, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia all share borders and is the only place in the world that this happens. Enroute to Botswana we have a good chance of game with both elephant and lion seen in the past on this drive.

Once into Botswana we head for the town of Kasane where we will overnight at a riverside lodge. In the afternoon we will head out on a boat trip to see the wildlife which lives along this stretch of river with high numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile as well as plains game there will be lots to see. The bird life is also a highlight and if we are lucky we may even see a herd of elephant crossing the river.

Days 29 & 30 - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

We wake up super early and head of on a guided game viewing tour of the Chobe National Park. Sure to be another drive with great game and scenery.

We then return to Kasane and get transferred back to Victoria Falls, just before lunch. We then have today and tomorrow to explore the Falls further or if you fancy you could do a day trip across to Zambia for a different view of the Falls.

Day 31 - Johannesburg, South Africa

This is the end of our epic journey. We say our goodbyes and most people choose to fly to JHB to catch their flight home or head to their next destination. The end of an epic journey exploring the best of Southern Africa.

Please discuss with us if you would like ideas for before or after the trip as we have many great suggestions including the incredible Kruger National Park or some island time on Zanzibar. If you come all the way to Africa it’s worth packing in as much as possible

Pricing & Upcoming Departures

Upcoming Departures

2025:

18 June – 18 July 2025 (4 vehicles remaining, escort vehicle seat sold)

17 September – 17 October 2025 (6 vehicles remaining)

2026:

Dates & Prices for 2026 to be released in 2025.

Tour Dates not what you had in mind? Itinerary doesn’t suit you? Have your own group of family or friends?  We can create a tailor made tour for you.

Pricing

Inclusions & Exclusions

What's Included?

What's Not Included?

Optional Activities

Optional activities on this tour are usually paid for in cash or card on the day and organised during your trip, so you can decide whilst travelling which activity/ies you may want to do. Prices listed are only a guide and may be dependent on fluctuating exchange rates and minimum numbers. Please note this list is not exhaustive and there are other activities available along the journey depending on your interests. 

Vehicles

While exploring Southern Africa we will use a mix of hired, self-drive vehicles to explore. All vehicles are late models and a reduced insurance excess is included in the tour cost. While exploring Cape Town and its surrounding highlights we use mid size sedans – Toyota Corolla or Volkswagen Polo as these are suitable to travel from town to town and drive the good quality roads of this region.

While in Namibia we use 4×4 campers which are Toyota Hilux or Ford Ranger 4x4s with all the equipment needed to travel in style. There are upgrade options available but the standard camper models are very comfortable and capable for this journey. Base models have manual gearboxes but automatic may be available on request.

All vehicle hire costs are included in the tour price and are hired in your name and are insured with the upgraded cover to reduce the excess to the minimum. All costs and liability relating to the vehicle are the responsibility of the driver as you would have with any hired vehicle. A current credit card is required when collecting the vehicles in the name of the main driver. All hires include two drivers and unlimited kilometres. Fuel is not included in the tour price but an estimated cost of fuel for this tour is A$1,100. Fuel can be purchased using a debit or credit card.

Please note that there two flights within this journey. The first from Cape Town (South Africa) to Windhoek (Namibia) and the other from Windhoek (Namibia) to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). The cost of these flights is not included in the tour price and you should budget in the region of A$800-$900. It is also worth noting that at the end of the tour in Victoria Falls most will return to Johannesburg to fly home or continue their travels, and this flight will cost in the region of A$300.

Think self-drive in Africa sounds a bit scary? Here’s why we think Namibia is one of the best self-drive destinations in the world: read our blog

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