Southern Escape – 33 Day Journey to the Cape (Johannesburg to Cape Town)

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This trip begins in Johannesburg, South Africa and travels north through South Africa and Zimbabwe, before heading south through Botswana and Namibia, and ending in Cape Town, South Africa.

This trip departs from Johannesburg early on Wednesday morning. Should you wish to explore Johannesburg, ATC or your travel agent can assist you, in booking your activities as well as
accommodation. However, costs due to earlier arrival will be for your own account.

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All about the Southern Escape – 33 Day Journey to the Cape (Johannesburg to Cape Town).

This trip begins in Johannesburg, South Africa and travels north through South Africa and Zimbabwe, before heading south through Botswana and Namibia and ending in Cape Town, South Africa.

This trip departs from Johannesburg early on Wednesday morning. Should you wish to explore Johannesburg, ATC or your travel agent can assist you, in booking your activities as well as accommodation. However, costs due to earlier arrival will be for your own account.

Trip Code: JC33
Departure Point: Doves Nest, 78 Gladiator St, Rhodesfield, Kempton Park
Check-In: 7:00AM
Trip Type: Camping
Pre-Departure Meeting: Held at the Departure point at 17h00 on Day 1 of the tour

*All ATC trips include an arrival airport transfer. Please notify us should you not be using this so we can plan accordingly. Should you choose not to make use of this, or in the event that ATC was not updated with your arrival details, no refund will be paid for services not used.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Kruger National Park
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Matobo National Park
  • Hwange National Park
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Chobe Overnight Excursion
  • Chobe National Park
  • Okavango Delta Excursion
  • Etosha National Park
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Swakopmund
  • Transfer to Sossusvlei
  • Namib Nauklift National Park
  • Fish River Canyon
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flights
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Departure transfer
  • Visas
  • Meals (unless otherwise stated)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Personal Items
  • Sleeping Bag & Pillow
  • Tips
  • Bottled Water
  1. Day 1 - 8 Johannesburg, Nkambeni Camp, Polokwane, Musina, Masvingo, Bulawayo

    DAY 1: Johannesburg
    Day One is spent in the hustling bustling Johannesburg area

    DAY 2: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Camp (Lunch / Dinner)
    Leaving Johannesburg, we head towards the Lowveld and our camp situated within the border of the famous Kruger National Park. On our way we pass through the southern section of the picturesque Panorama Route – famous for its breathtaking vistas. Our camp for the next two nights is a short drive from the Kruger Park Gate and has some interesting local residents that include hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala.

    Included Activity: Night Game Drive

    DAY 3: Nkambeni Camp (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Today we explore the amazing Kruger National Park. Covering 19 485 km2 – 60 km wide and over 350 km long, this conservation area has more than 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species. 23 000 different types of plants have been recorded. We spend the day driving around the park keeping an eye out for these. There is the option of doing a night drive looking for a few of the nocturnal inhabitants or upgrading to a small vehicle for the game drive at an additional cost.

    Included Activity: Game Drives

    DAY 4: Nkambeni Camp to Polokwane (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Today we leave the Lowveld and head on the long, scenic drive to Polokwane. Along the way we stop off at some of the best scenery in South Africa, including the ever striking Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. The many viewpoints of the Canyon, afford us excellent photo opportunities. Polokwane, capital of Limpopo, is the largest metropolitan complex in the north and a major economic
    centre. Its proximity to the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, as well as its convenient distance from the Kruger National Park and Magoebaskloof, makes it a perfect gateway and good destination in itself. We set up our tents on the lush green grass of our campsite located outside of the city before enjoying a dip in the lovely swimming pool.

    Optional Activity: Blyde River Canyon &God’s Window

    DAY 5: Polokwane to Musina (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    After a quick replenishing of our stocks we begin our journey north toward Zimbabwe. We have a long, relaxing drive where we get to sit back and enjoy the ever-changing scenery. Tonight, we’ll camp near to one of the hottest towns in South Africa, Musina, at the hot water spring resort – Tshipise. Situated between the rolling hills, the resort is well known for its natural hot water springs. Once we’ve set up camp, you’re free to enjoy the pools, walking trails or various other activities on offer here.

    DAY 6: Musina to Masvingo (Zimbabwe) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Today we enter Zimbabwe – a beautiful country rich in soul, culture and tradition. We make our way to the town of Masvingo – on the outskirts of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This was the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa, built by an ancient highly skilled civilization. The name Zimbabwe is derived from this ancient city and means “great stone houses” in Shona. The most notable artefacts found at the ruins were the 8 Statues of stone birds carved out of soapstone. Wander around these amazing ruins, before setting up camp at the foot of the hills.

    Included Activity: Great Zimbabwe Ruins

    DAY 7: Masvingo to Bulawayo (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Leaving Msavingo, we head to Bulawayo – Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Bulawayo is noted for its exceptionally wide streets, which were originally designed to accommodate a full span ox wagon. The city also still retains much of its British Colonial character, evident by the many buildings maintained as heritage sites by the Bulawayo City Council. Interesting places to visit are the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre, which employs over 70 people.

    DAY 8: Bulawayo (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Today we visit Matobo National Park, one of the last strongholds of both the black and the white rhino. This park is also well known for its high concentration of the elusive leopard and majestic black eagle. Rock paintings are to be found too, providing evidence of the ancient San inhabitants of this area. Cecil John Rhodes (after whom Rhodesia was named) asked to be buried at the top of one of the sacred hills, (although there is some controversy over whether he will stay!) We spend half the day exploring this unique geological, ecological and historic area.

    Included: Visit to Matobo National Park half day

  2. Day 9 - 16 Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Kasane, Maun

    Day 9: Bulawayo to Hwange National Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    We continue north-west to Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest reserve – the Hwange National Park. Hwange is well known for its abundance and variety of wildlife species including thousands of elephants, and rare antelope species such as the Sable and Roan Antelope.

    Day 10: Hwange National Park
    Today we have some time in the Hwange area, and here we partake in a half day game drive through Hwange National Park, in the hope that we spot as many wild animals as possible.

    Included: Half day Game drive in Hwange National Park

    DAY 11: Hwange to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (Breakfast / Lunch)
    Leaving Bulawayo, we head to Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A 20-minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! After our adventure activities briefing, the afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!

    Included: Entrance to Victoria Falls

    DAYS 12 & 13: Victoria Falls (Breakfast)
    We use these days to relax in a stunning scenery or enjoy some of the optional activities. Have you ever walked with a Lion or experienced a bungee jump on a bridge connecting two countries?

    DAY 14: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park (Botswana) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    After breakfast, we cross the border into Botswana and head to Kasane where we have a chance to explore the town of Kasane. After lunch, once we are packed and prepared, we leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by! After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane.

    Included Activity: Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion

    DAY 15: Chobe National Park to Kasane (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Once returning to camp, we have a bit of free time to relax at leisure. You can either partake in the boat cruise on the Chobe River which is an optional excursion, or you can just spend your time relaxing at the swimming pool.

    DAY 16: Kasane to Maun (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta and it is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight, we prepare our provisions and packs for our overnight excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip which can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your trip leader will brief you fully on what is needed, and what to expect prior to your trip into the Delta.

  3. Day 17 - 25 Okavango Delta, Maun, Ghanzi, Windhoek, Etosha National Park, Brandberg, Swakopmund

    DAY 17: Maun to Okavango Delta (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion

    Here we have the opportunity to take the included overnight excursion into the Delta. After an early rise, we pack our expedition vehicle and from Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our “Polers” and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.

    On arrival, you will meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction to the camp will show you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.

    DAY 18: Okavango Delta to Maun (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunch time and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

    DAY 19: Maun to Ghanzi (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Today we head towards the small village of Ghanzi which will be our last night in Botswana. Ghanzi is home to the San / Bushman and you can learn more about them by partaking in the Bushman experience offered by the campsite.

    Optional Activity: Bushman Experience

    DAY 20: Ghanzi to Windhoek (Namibia) (Breakfast / Lunch)
    Today’s drive will take us through small rural towns and scenic landscapes. Nestled between the hills, Windhoek is a rather small capital city but has many places of historical interest. This afternoon is spent at your leisure with time to visit the local museum or haggling at the street side markets. There are also many shops for those in need of a bit of retail therapy.

    Optional: Dinner at Joe’s Beer House

    Day 21: Windhoek to Etosha National Park
    Today we make our way across the park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. As the vegetation types change, so does the animal and bird life that relies on it, and so different sections of the Park offer a variety of different game options. After a full day of game viewing, we exit the park through Anderson gate and head to our camp just 10kms away; perhaps the chance for a quick dip in the pool before dinner, followed by a relaxing evening in this very interesting bar.

    DAY 22 & 23: Etosha National Park Area (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Today’s drive takes us further south through the Namibian countryside to our campsite, located in the vicinity of Etosha National Park.

    Included Activity: Game Drive in ATC Truck
    Optional Activity: Night Drive

    DAY 24: Etosha National Park area to Brandberg (UIS) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Today we head down south to the area of the Brandberg. All depending on the time of arrival we will have the opportunity to explore the area.

    DAY 25: Brandberg (UIS) to Swakopmund (Breakfast)
    Today we head for Swakopmund, via Spitzkoppe (day trip). Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Alternatively, the lovely beach and promenade make for a great relaxing walk – though bathing in the ocean waters may be somewhat chilly!

  4. Day 26 - 33 Swakopmund, Sesriem, Fish River Canyon, Gariep River, Orange River, Cederberg, Cape Town

    DAY 26: Swakopmund (Breakfast)
    The next day can be spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions.

    Optional Activities: Include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund.

    DAYS 27 & 28: Swakopmund to Sesriem (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Leaving Swakopmund, we head south to the industrial Walvis Bay before turning inland and toward the desert. Continuing our journey, we enter the Namib-Naukluft Park in one of the oldest deserts in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a great place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high. We spend the afternoon exploring this amazing area.

    Included Activity: Climbing Dune 45
    Included Activity: A Visit to Sossusvlei

    DAY 29: Sesriem to Fish River Canyon (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    Heading out early, we see the sunrise over this beautiful area and we leave the serenity of the dunes to head south to the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world. The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity, while the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas.

    DAY 30: Fish River Canyon to Gariep River (South Africa) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    This morning we continue south, where, after a short drive, we reach the Gariep River – the natural land border between Namibia and South Africa. We camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river. Tonight, there’s a chance for some fun at the awesome camp bar overlooking the river!

    DAY 31: Orange River to Cederberg (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
    An early morning start see us travel south through the Richtersveld and the town of Springbok, before reaching the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. Tonight, is our last night under the stars!

    DAY 32: Cederberg to Cape Town (Breakfast)
    We leave the scenic Cederberg area and travel south towards Cape Town. We travel through the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal before crossing the Piekenierskloof Pass into the Cape Winelands region. Our first sighting of the Mother’s City Table Mountain across Table Bay means we’ve reached our final destination. Tonight’s accommodation is in dormitories in one of Cape Town’s best loved hostels.

    DAY 33: Cape Town (No Meals)
    This morning we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

    There are a wide range of activities available in Cape Town and the surrounding areas, including day trips, short tours and longer tours travelling up the picturesque coast of South Africa. We suggest you extend your stay by a few days to participate in some of the exciting activities available here. Post tour accommodation can be booked directly at: info@ashanti.co.za or through your agent & the Africa Travel Co office.

Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route, and is subject to produce that is available seasonally in the areas we travel through. Our safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not of the same selection as what you may be used to back home.

The breakfast spread consists of bread (toast when time allows), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mostly prepared en-route with a supply of ‘build your own’ sandwich ingredients available. Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite. A wide array of dinner menus is on offer during your safari, consisting of curries, stews, pasta, and BBQ’s.

Our overland vehicles are custom built converted trucks that have seating space for our passengers and a storage area for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27-30 passengers on our camping trips. Most seats are forward facing, though some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables. Vehicles have sliding glass windows, and the seating area is raised providing a great advantage for game viewing and photography. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items like cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.

All of the tours operated by ATC are participation trips meaning that all passengers are expected to help out around camp. The crew members running the trip will set up a rota system that will be followed. One day you may be on cleaning duty, the next day you may be on cooking duty and so forth. This is not only to make the trip easier for all involved but also for you as the passengers to get to know one another while on trip.


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