Lusaka to Cape Town Overland Tours

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+ Local Payment US$575
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What's Included
• Matopos
• Great Zimbabwe ruins
• Etosha National Park (2 nights)
• Namib Naukluft National Park
• Africat Carnivore care
• Cape Cross Seal Colony
• Spitzkoppe or similar
• Sossusvlei dunes
• Fish River Canyon
• 25 breakfasts, 24 dinners
• Incl. contribution to final group meal
• 28 nights accommodation
• Incl. 3 nights lodge stay, Swakopmund
• & 1 night Ashanti Lodge, Cape Town
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Southern Explorer Lusaka to Cape Town Safari
Countries Visited

Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Lusaka to Cape Town Safari Overview

Visiting Southern Africa's favourite game parks - Chobe National Park, Etosha and The Okavango Delta, and the spectacular landscape of the Namib Naukluft. Stopping at the fun playgrounds - Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Swakopmund and Cape Town. White water rafting, bungee, sky dive and quad bike. Head out on a houseboat cruise and on the crazy go-karts, take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi and go rhino trekking at Matopos

Lusaka to Cape Town Safari Add-ons


Days 1 - 3

Predeparture meeting, Into the Zambezi Valley to relax by Lake Kariba.

Optionals: A houseboat cruise on the Lake visiting Matusadona and including a game cruise and fishing.

Days 4 - 6

Great Zimbabwe ruins, Bulawayo, to visit Matopos National Park for a rhino trek and game drives.

Optional:Extra game drives.

Days 7 - 9

Victoria Falls.

Optionals: Horse rides, white water rafting, jet boating, sunset cruise, bunji jump, gorge swing, canoeing, township tour, 'flight of the angels' in an ultralight or microlight and many other adventure activites.

Days 10 - 15

Kasane, Maun.

Optionals: Chobe National Park game drive and cruise, Okavango Delta guided mokoro safari, flight over the Delta.

Days 16 - 20

Caprivi, Bushmen visit, Etosha National Park, game drives, Africat carnivore Care

Optionals: activities at bushmen village, Evening game drives in Etosha.

Days 21 - 24

Sptizkoppe, Cape Seal Colony, Swakopmund with lodge stay.

Optionals: San Bushman rock engravings,quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, paragliding, desert flights, open sea fishing, dolphin trip, township tour.

Days 25 - 28

Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft National Park, Fish River Canyon, Ai Ais, Orange River.

Optionals: visit to Sossusvlei, rafting on Orange River.

Days 29 - 32

Stellenbosch, Cape Town.

Optionals: Wine tour.

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature. The unexpected can arise, so do allow for this.

Feel free to give us a call about your safari plans. We look forward to your further enquiries.

Southern Explorer - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Lusaka to Cape Town Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

Transport in a fully equipped and dieseled expedition truck/vehicle including all camping and cooking gear, a fridge, gas cooker, tents, sleeping mats etc.

Services of a driver and safari leader.

The ongoing advice and back up from The Absolute Team.

All road tolls and taxes are paid.

Over three core game parks and other highlights including:

Great Zimbabwe ruins
Matopos game drive and rhino trek
Etosha National Park (2 nights)
Namib Naukluft National Park
Sossusvlei Dunes
Africat Carnivore Care
Cape Cross Seal Colony
Spitzkoppe rock formations or similar
Fish River Canyon

25 Breakfasts and 24 dinners whilst travelling on the truck and contribution to the final meal in Cape Town.

22 nights camping and six nights in dorms including the final night in Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town.

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Optional excursions

A recommended typical budget for your optional excursions that you might pay for once in Africa would be: US$600 - US$1000

Some clients spend more, some less. The above is a typical estimate selecting from the following main choices during this tour. Do re-check your budget looking at what might tempt you. A friendly reminder as well that the below list provides an approximate guide only for the most popular excursions currently available for this tour. Excursions are operated by local operators and authorities and their pricing is out of our control (July 19)

Houseboats on Lake Kariba incl. Matusadona National Park (2 nights) US$170
Victoria Falls National Park - Entrance and Rainforest Walk to see Victoria Falls US$50
Bungee jump at Victoria Falls US$160
Combo deal, half day adrenaline (gorge swings, zip line, flying fox) US$158
Gorge Swing - (1 jump) US$103
White water rafting The Zambezi US$120
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (15 minutes) US$150
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi US$55
Canoeing on the Upper Zambezi US$160
Chobe National Park (3 hour guided game cruise) US$50
Chobe National Park - combo game drive and game cruise US$90
Flights over the Delta, 1 hour (min 5 people) US$125
Okavango Delta guided mokoro safari (two nights) US$185
Tandem sky dive, Swakomund US$260
Sandboarding (approx 5 hours) US$50
Quad biking 60km route (approx 2 hours) US$46
Township tour, a guided tour visiting the homes 3 local tribes (4 hours Incl. lunch & refreshments) US$40
Open sea fishing in the Atlantic waters (5 hours Incl. licenses, lunch, refreshments & whatever you catch) US$115
Desert tour, a guided tour discovering the secrets of the local dune belt (5 hours Incl. lunch) US$57
Seal and dolphin cruise US$65
Canoeing on the Orange River US$34
Wine tour, Stellenbosch, visit 4 local wineries and a cheese farm (7 hours Inc. wine tasting, cheese tasting and lunch) US$28
Special discounted offer: Add-On Garden Route Tour when booked with this tour £1380
White Shark Cage Diving - day trip inc. transport US$185
Table Mountain, return cable car US$27
Robben Island boat transfer & guided tour US$40
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch and souvenirs and different small incidental costs whilst on tour such as cheap excursions costing under U$20
Other costs to note are those times we dont cover meals or accommodation on the tour, as well as tipping, extra transfers and upgrades.
Be aware during the trip tour there are busy times where we dont cover meals and/or accommodation as during these sections most people are away from camp doing their own thing on different excursions. It is then impractical to cover meals or accommodation.

The times to note on the Southern Explorer tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at Victoria Falls, Swakopmund and Stellenbosch so please ensure you have enough money to cover meals during this time. And note as well spending money is needed to cover camping on the off-chance you chose to stay back on the overnight excursions. The overnight excursions on this tour are the houseboats (x2 nights) and the mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta (x2 nights).
Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as on game drives or guided tours. Again it is at your discretion, but your tour leader and driver will appreciate a tip to acknowledge their hard work during your tour.
For some excursions extra transport is needed to get to the start point, and lastly some campsites en route also have simple huts or chalets on site. If you feel like a break from camping and youd like an upgrade at some point it is well worth having a little bit of money budgeted accordingly.
The recommended spending money for the Southern Explorer is: US$630 - US$800

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6-9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required when you enter South Africa at the end of your trip. As a guide then, for the Southern Explorer you will want to have a minimum of 8 blank pages (sides).

If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCO's website under entry requirements. Do be aware it can be illegal to travel in Africa on two passports.

For this tour visas for most passport holders including British, Australian, Irish, South African, German, French, Dutch, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa on route. Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

Upon arrival in Lusaka you can get the Univisa which is valid for both Zambia and Zimbabwe and is U$50

Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. If your passport is not detailed please don't hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

Visas are not normally required for most passport holders for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Be aware that visa requirements can change without prior notice. This information is given as a guide only.
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian - - - - - $50 $30 - - -
New Zealand - - - - - $50 $30 - - -
South Africa - - - - - - - - - -
Canadian - - - - - $50 $75 - - -
American - - - - - $50 $30 - - -
British - - - - - $50 $55 - - -
German - - - - - $50 $30 - - -
Dutch - - - - - $50 $30 - - -
Irish - - - - - - $55 - - -
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Other exciting ADD-ONs

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  • Pre and post safari please click here.

    Remember you then need to budget for flights, insurance, vaccination costs and any equipment you might need such as a sleeping bag.

    Any queries? Call our office on +44 (0) 208 742 0226, email us at or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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    Lusaka to Cape Town
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    Before You Go

    Lusaka to Cape Town

    Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Southern Explorer" - to Cape Town.

    Southern Explorer - pre departure pack

    This information has been developed over 30 years of experience overlanding in Africa.

    It includes all you might need to know to prepare for this trip and more. We know many people love to plan their trip in detail and we hope you will find lots of "stuff" in here to help!

    We also send out personal updates about 6 weeks before departure to all participants heading out on each departure date. This includes final confirmations of pre safari transfers and accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.

    We recommend once booked on a Lusaka to Cape Town trip that you periodically check back here as this information is regularly updated. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the news area of this site.

    And if you are not excited enough about heading to Africa already, check out our facebook page, listen out for our tweets and keep up to date with our blog to stay up to date with all that is happening on the road on the trucks.

    Overlanding in Africa is a very different destination from your usual package holiday! You may find some information in this dossier different from what you expected. Whatever your question don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help so feel free to get back to us.

    We are more than happy to advise as to what is the best plan for your particular Africa travel needs.

    Give us a call, or skype or email. We look forward to planning your trip to Africa with you.

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    Start Lusaka Finish Cape Town Price Local Payment Departure details
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