Victoria Falls to Cape Town small group vacation

“Sleep under canvas and muck in each day on a small-group adventure that takes in wild wetlands and arid deserts”

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Victoria Falls | Chobe National Park | Bagani | Okavango Delta| Gao Island | Grootfontein | Etosha National Park | Spitzkoppe mountain | Swakopmund | Sesriem Canyon | Sossusvlei | Fish River Canyon | Noordoewer | Klawer | Cape Town

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travelers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travelers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your vacation.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travelers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your inquiry.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travelers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travelers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment

Being a predominately camping tour it has some of the least carbon emissions in comparison to accommodated tours. We also provide purified drinking water on all our tours to avoid buying plastic bottled mineral water and help preserve the environment by reducing the amount of waste. We also encourage clients to purchase locally produced cotton shopping bags for the duration of the tour to avoid plastic shopping bags.

This tour not only gives you the opportunity to experience the wondrous nature and the environmental projects that preserve them and their habitat but also the opportunity to meet the noble tribes and communities that live in these vibrant and culturally rich countries.

As company our responsibilities donít stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travelers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

A Project supported in South Africa is the Thusanani Children's Foundation which works to prevent and treat developmental delay in orphaned and vulnerable South African children, aged 0-6, in Children's Homes (orphanages) where they live. Developmental delay in these children has a far reaching negative impact on their formal schooling in later years and they run the risk of being seen as children with special education needs. Treatment and prevention of developmental delay can set children on the right path that enables them to be contributing members of society, and break the cycle of abuse and poverty.

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4 Reviews of Victoria Falls to Cape Town small group vacation

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Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Okovango Delta in Botswana - canoe (Makoro) trip though water lillies in flower and walks on Island with local guides including seeing elephants up close.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Some long truck travel maybe something to sit on as canvas seat covers 'sticky'. If can go a day early to acclimatise. In summer don't need sleeping bag just duvet cover. Check numbers booked on trip and more than 14 would get 'crowded' for example accessing lockers at back of truck morning and
evenings.The people who did outing and swam at top of Victoria Falls Devil's Gorge enjoyed it. Don't need to book optional extra outings via agent
point to. Got helicopter flight over Vic Falls cheaper (more carbon footprint -once in a life time justification?). Met people traveling other way and Vic Falls
down seems the better route.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We visited San people so some direct benefit. The operator support conservation through a Foundation you can support. Were compliant with non use of plastic
bags. Overall of course vacation does involve long air flights if coming from other continents and long journey by truck.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good, guide and colleagues a cook and driver / mechanic from Kenya all very good natured and kept things moving smoothly. However be prepared for
early starts some before dawn so get to see sunrise and some camps with basic facilities and no running water.

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The wildlife in the Okavanga Delta

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for quite a lot of traveling and high temperatures

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Quite a lot of money went directly in to the local community through shopping, restaurants and vacation activities. Efforts were made to reduce environmental
impact by using treated water, reusable bags and producing minimal waste. Visits to parks and rescue centers supported conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. We were extremely lucky to see some amazing animals and plants.

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Hard to say. Etosha was wonderful but so was the trip to the Okavano Delta

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for cold nights in winter months.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I believe a proportion of the cost went to the travel foundation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent but very tiring.

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Imposible to pick one thing as it was 3 weeks of wall to wall fantastic
experinces.
Etosha NP.... Game drives & waterhole at night/early morning!
An elephant suddenly looming from nowhere in the dark & playing in the water.
Rhino trekking....7 just 8metres away. Awesome!
Elephant encounter right in front of our vehicle!
4 hippos 10 metres in front of us.
Okavango mokoro canoes & camp & tracking and amazing helicopter flight over
delta (own expense).
Climbing dune 45 for sunrise.
There isn't room to list it all.... It was truely amazing!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't delay... Go now before you are too old or sadly the animals gone!
This rates as our top vacation we have done, equal with an Antarctica
expedition!
I need quiet time at home to be able to reflect on the fabulous experiences!
It was out first ever camping trip (aged 67 & 62) and we thoroughly enjoyed
it!
A great mix of ages and nationalities and experience.
Superb leaders. Brilliant cook on our trip and excellent food (sirloin & fillet & t bone steaks AND we also had a refund on the kitty!)
Being practical....if you have delicate hands like us, a pair of light gardening gloves really helped!
Make sure you have a good zoom camera... We bought a new one en route!
Try a monocular if you can't use binoculars (great for us).
You will be amazed how early you want to go to bed!
But DO go to the water holes at night/early morning as it is amazing & you
will have missed unforgettable memories!
Take neutral colours & quick drying clothes.


3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.
Stayed on a San People site and had a guided talk/walk.
Local people took us in the mokoros canoes & looked after us.
Own our rhino trekking guide explained how deliberately cutting rhinos horn
once ever 10 yrs would save them from poachers (horn is keratin like our
nails so not painful).
Some of these magnificent beats may not exist for our children/grandchildren
to see.
We have been very privileged indeed.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Amazing! Brilliant! Wonderful! Unforgettable! Awesome! Inspiring!
We feel very privileged.
We quickly became a friendly family, caring for & helping each other.
Don't stick to your allocated tasks only... give a hand if something needs
doing, you will all benefit. Be part of the team!
Still trying to take on all we have done & seen and can't wait to see my
photos properly!

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