Travel from Cape Town to Victoria Falls in Zambia with a maximum of 16 person in our custom built full size expedition vehicle giving you over a metre of legroom at each seat. Experience the wonders the Namib Desert, the wildlife of Etosha, Okavango Delta and Chobe River and finally the spectacular Victoria Falls.
We provide the services of an expert photographer and digital download facility on all our overland tours, a unique feature making us stand out from the others!
Integrated photographic workshops and tutorials for those clients that have an interest in obtaining more memorable images than just snaps while on tour. As part of our crew we have a photographically knowledgeable guide who will provide these throughout the duration of your tour with us. Even if you are not a keen photographer we are sure that you will bring some sort of camera to Africa and therefore be in a position to capture memorable photos with us even with a point and shoot camera.
Photographic tips covered include: How a Camera Works: Exposure: What is exposure value? We look at how a camera captures a photograph at the correct exposure and investigate the impact of hi and low key scenes Shutter: What is shutter speed and its impact on taking photos? Using a tripod we experiment with effects gained by the use of different shutter speeds. Aperture: What is aperture and its impact on taking photos, we look at depth of field, techniques and application ISO: What and when to use? We talk about noise and low light scenes. Composition : Rule of thirds: Basic principles of composition and subject placement considerations when using a grid. Leading lines: How leading lines can be found and using them effectively in your composition. Focal points: Finding and choosing your focal point to create a photo with impact. Framing: What you should consider when framing a shot and different techniques. Point of view: Adjusting your point of view to create a different moods. Techniques : Lighting: Different lighting situations, their impact on the subject and how to tackle them. Metering: The different metering modes, how they work and how to use each one. Flash: use of fill flash and adjusting flash output. White balance: colour temperature and how to customise your white balance. Capturing a moment : Colour theory: contrasting and complimentary colours and their impact on taking photos. Story telling: more than a photo, we look at what your photo is telling the viewer using the techniques learnt on the course. Themes & moods: Looking at the emotional impact of a photograph. Types of photography: Macro the small things in life. Landscape capturing that desert landscape or dramatic sky. Wildlife Capturing the wildlife of Africa Portraiture The people we meet along the way. Travel history, culture and ambiance Gear : Lenses. Camera Bodies. Storage. Throughout the trip location specific workshops take place, focusing on night photography, abstract photography, panoramas, sunset/sunrise photos, textures, silhouettes, etc.
DAY 1 After a leisurely departure from Cape Town we head round Table Bay and stop off to buy fresh produce and view Table Mountain from Blaauwberg (weather permitting) before heading North and spending our first night on an operating wine farm. Spend the evening tasting wines from the Olifants River Valley region. CAMPSITE
DAY 2-3 We head for Namibia crossing the border and camping the night on the Orange River. An optional canoe trip the following morning whets your appetite for the days to come. We then head for the Fish River Canyon and have a sundowner on the canyons rim. CAMPSITE
DAY 4-5 The next morning we travel to the dramatic red sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Overnight Sesriem campsite, allowing us to get to Dune 45 in the heart of the dune region to see the sunrise, followed by a short drive to the Sossusvlei area we then take a 4x4 transfer to explore the area. Heading back to camp we have lunch before packing up camp and moving on to a private farm to camp that night under the stars of a Namib sky, next morning before it gets too hot we will take a desert tour and learn how the original San (bushmen) people survived off the land. CAMPSITE
DAY 6-7 After the tranquillity of the desertscape, we increase the pace, heading for the old German town of Swakopmund where sand-boarding, quad-biking and tandem sky-diving feature among numerous activities on offer. Alternatively take a relaxing stroll around the shops and buildings, enjoying the colonial architecture of this seaside holiday town. BEDDED ACCOMODATION
DAY 8 Leaving Swakopmund, we travel up the coast and visit the Cape Cross seal colony before heading inland. We spend the night at Brandberg (burning mountain), Namibias highest peak, and take a short walk in the mountain foothills to see the well-known White Lady bushman rock painting. CAMPSITE
DAY 9 Leaving the Brandberg behind us we next travel to a cheetah conservation project where you have the opportunity to interact with these very special mammals. CAMPSITE
DAY 10-12 Next day we leave for Etosha, where we spend the next 3 nights. Here we game drive through the park, relax at the campsite pools and watch the nightlife at the floodlit waterholes. CAMPSITE
DAY 13 Heading east from Etosha we make our way to the Caprivi Strip where we camp on the Kavango River. CAMPSITE
DAY 14-16 We then cross the border into Botswana, making our way to the pan-handle of the Okavango region. Transfer with 4x4 truck and motorboats. The Delta trip is a true wilderness where we are limited to taking only what will fit into our mokoro (dugout canoes) - an exceptional African adventure. CAMPSITE
DAY 17 Leaving the Delta we head to Maun where we have the afternoon to relax, or take an optional scenic flight over the Delta, affording a different perspective on this unique inland waterway. CAMPSITE
DAY 18-19 Leaving Maun we head north to the Chobe National Park and spend 2 nights camping on the banks of the Chobe River. Early the following morning we take a game drive into the park in search of the big five. In the evening we explore the river on a motorboat, where the sunset frames the wide variety of game and bird life. CAMPSITE
DAY 20-21 Leaving Botswana behind we enter Zimbabwe/Zambia and a short drive brings us to the Victoria Falls. Depending how long our border crossing takes we will visit the falls on the Zambia side and take a sunset river cruise on the Zambezi. Your last full day on tour can be spent doing one or several of the numerous activities on offer such as white water rafting, flights over the falls or elephant back riding to name just a few. CAMPSITE
PLEASE NOTE If you want more time in the Falls you need to book your flight departure for a few days after the end of our tour.
Accommodation is available at the Lodge/Campsite where we stay. Walk-in Bedded tents or en-suite chalets are available, more information is available on request.
Tour price includes all highlights, all ground transport, all road tolls and vehicle taxes, camping and cooking equipment and services of 3 crew. *Price consists of basic tour costs (£725) & includes activities worth approximately (£735)
EXTRA COSTS: Local Payment - US$740 Local Payment covers all food (3 meals a day - provided by our Cook) and camping fees/accommodation for the whole tour. This is payable to the tour leader at the start of the tour in US dollars only.
INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS Wine Tasting Fish River Canyon Park Entry Guided Desert tour Namib Desert Park Entry - Sossusvlei dunefield Transfer Cape Cross Seal Colony Brandberg and White Lady walk Cheetah Conservation Project Etosha National Park entry and game drives 3 night/ 4 day Okavango Delta trip Chobe National Park Entry and morning game drive and afternoon river cruise Zambezi Sunset cruise Victoria Falls National Park entry
NOT INCLUDED: Not Included: Various activities at Victoria Falls and Swakopmund,Orange River Canoeing, Flight over Okavango Delta Visas, travel insurance, vaccinations, flights, airport taxes, sleeping bag, items of a personal nature, curios and alcohol. .
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This trip: Cape Town to Vic Falls - Photographic & Comfort
I had a great time. Price/quality it was a very good vlaue. In camping areas I would ask to see other bus accommadations & encourage others to look at our bus. We had much more leg room than any other bus I saw & we had spacious lockers with a safe that you could use as a comfortable foot rest.
The food was great with a fully cooked breakfast about 1/3 of the time, cold cut sandwiches & leftovers from the night before for lunch & a full cooked dinner each night with roasts & plenty of meat & vegetables. There was a vegetarian couple & many nights I would sample their delicious food offerings.
The guide was very knowledgeable about geography, animals & birds. It's a photographic safari & the guide is a skilled photographer - she gave us all a good photo CD.
Jennifer and Harold Pritchard - from United States
This trip: Cape Town to Vic Falls - Photographic & Comfort
Just returned from a terrific 20 day overlanding trip to Africa: Cape Town to Victoria Falls (S Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia).
We are an American couple (over 50), and prior to this trip had never heard of "overlanding." Did a lot of reading/comparing on the internet, and they stood out. Family-run, quick responses to our emails, sent us a detailed brochure with photos.
GREAT truck to travel in: spacious, comfortable reclining seats, plenty of leg-room, maximum 16 people. The 3 man crew (driver, cook, & leader/talented photographer who gave informal, informative photo workshops) was outstanding. Meticulous attention to hygiene. Tents, which we put up & took down about a dozen times ( not difficult) were tall enough for my over 6 foot tall husband to stand up in, and dense foam pads were more than adequate for a good night's sleep.
The people in the small group were congenial & well-traveled (picked up a number of good travel tips!) Didn't feel like we were on a "tour", which we liked because we are accustomed to traveling independently. Great variety of activities to choose from (We went sky diving in Namibia and took a Tiger Moth bi-plane over Victoria Falls).
Just being in an environment that was so different from our usual life was a daily highlight. Particularly enjoyed the evening bush walks with the sun setting on one side & the moon rising on the other; eating dinner cooked in a cauldron; open air showers with a view; going to bed & seeing the moon rising in my tent window & waking in the early dawn to see monkeys in the tree above my window; hearing eerie howling or lions roaring in the nights; sunrises and sunsets in more out-of-this-world beautiful places than I could ever have imagined; and of course, seeing all those animals! (The hatches in roof of truck opened to give great views).
It was a truly unforgettable experience.
Jennifer and Harold Pritchard Memphis, Tennessee USA
Virginie Robin - from France
This trip: Cape Town to Vic Falls - Photographic & Comfort
I am happy to give you a quick feedback about our overland tour: in a word, it was just great!!!
The truck is VERY comfortable, the tents are really practical (you can stand up while you are in them), and the crew was just great... They were very experienced people and therefore knew all the names of every single animal we went passed. The itinerary was perfect, we saw everything we intended to see.
A good thing about this organisation is that everything is included in the nominal price, which means that it can appear more expensive than the other companies at first, but I am pretty sure they end up being cheaper...
We are definately VERY happy about the service provided and even intend to go back on another overland tour next year with them !