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Trip Capetown to Victoria Falls Capetown to Victoria Falls 28.01.2010 - 20.02.2010   This trip was our first overlanding experience in Africa. We started in... Marc Fritsche (CH) Giovanna Tarantino (CH)
Botsuana Namibia Simbabwe Südafrika

Capetown to Victoria Falls

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This trip was our first overlanding experience in Africa. We started in Capetown, South Africa and headed up the coast to Victoria Falls, Simbabwe. Some sights on our way were Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund, Okavango Delta, Etosha National Park and many more.

Although travelling by truck could be quite tough sometimes (on long driving days) - it is still an awesome way to discover africa. And sleeping in a tent a must for the adventurous traveller. It will surely leave a memory you will never forget as you will experience nature as close as possible.

Means of Transport
Boot Bus / Truck Zu Fuss Flugzeug
  • 29Jan 2010

    1 Capetown 29.01.2010 Südafrika —

    Foreshore, Cape Town, Südafrika

    Beschreibung

    We arrived in Capetown only one day before the pre-departure meeting of the Capetown-to Vic'Falls-Tour. For convenience reasons we booked the first two nights at the backpacker from way back home.
    We spent our first evening in Capetown at the MAMA AFRICA restaurant enjoying a lovely game plate. We ate aligator, kudu, ostriche and springbok. It was mouthwatering!

    Right on the next day we decided to climb the Table Mountain. It was a nice hike of around 3 kilometres from the bottom to the top.
    In the evening we had our TIA (this is africa) briefing and met our tour group and the tourleader Ruth.

    In the early morning of the following day we started our three week trip up to the Victoria Falls.
    It was a long driving day to our first night camp at the Highlanders (winery area). On our way we stopped in Big Bay to get some nice pictures of the Table Mountain and say goodbye to Capetown!

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  • 31Jan 2010

    2 Cederberg 31.01.2010 Südafrika —

    Südafrika

    Beschreibung

    The first driving day already gave us a impression of what we would be facing the next few weeks. The streets are not aways that comfortable as they are in Capetown, in fact it can get extremely bumpy some times. But we had experience driver Mowhangue (I'm sure I misspelled it) who did a terrific job getting us from A to B.

    After our arrival at the Highlanders winery it was time set up the camp for the first time: First step: getting all the equipment out of the truck. Loads of equipment. Then Ruth gave us instructions on how to set up our tents. I probably have to mention that these are not the simple "throw them into the air and they will inflate by themselves"-tents but heavy-duty overlanding tents. But after 20 more set ups the next couple of weeks we surely got the routine.

    After the hard work we got rewarded with a couple of good glasses of wine. This is where we got to know each other.

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  • 01Feb 2010

    3 Orange River 01.02.2010 Südafrika —

    Vioolsdrif Settlement, Noordoewer, Südafrika

    Beschreibung

    The next day we drove up to the border of Namibia where we stopped at a beautiful campsite right at the Orange River. After setting up the camp we could jump into refreshing river (what about crocodiles?) and fool around until dinner. Awesome "thing" about that camp site was the shower with a breath-taking view on the Orange River.
    Later at the bar we have met some other overlanders for good Savanna cider.

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  • 02Feb 2010

    4 Fish River Canyon 02.02.2010 Namibia —

    Namibia

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    The next morning was our first border crossing to Namibia. After a couple of kilometers we started to enter the desert. Dusty, rocky scenery as far as you could see. Yet we could spot some monkeys and some of us could swear they have seen a zebra. Big thing for the first time but once you have seen hundreds (and yes you will) the kinda all look the same.

    In the afternoon we arrived at the Fishriver Canyon. The so-called "Grand Canyon of Africa". We enjoyed the scenery while the sun slowly set. Due to the fact that we could not camp right at the canyon we had to drive to the campsite outside the national park where we had to set up the tents the first time in the dark.

    When we had dinner by the camp fire we got a shocking little visitor: a scorpion. Rushing beneath our feet.

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  • 04Feb 2010

    5 Dune 45 / Sossusvlei - Deadvlei 04.02.2010 Namibia —

    Namibia

    Beschreibung

    That morning we got up while it was still dark to get on the Dune 45 before sunrise. Everybody was in a hurry and we helped each other packing our tents and entered the national park.

    Shortly before sunrise we climbed the Dune 45. Its name comes from the fact that it is at the 45th kilometer of the gravel road that connects the Sesriem gate and Sossusvlei. Standing over 170m, it is composed of 5 million year old sand that is accumulated by the Orange River from the Kalahari Desert and then blown here.

    After sunrise we visited the Sossusvlei and the Deadvlei right next to the dune. The local "Bushman" gave us an awesome tour and some helpful hints how to survive in the desert.

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  • 05Feb 2010

    6 Swakopmund 05.02.2010 Namibia —

    Center, Swakopmund, Namibia

    Beschreibung

    Civilisation got us back! Swakopmund is an ancient German colony. It was therefore a good place to stock up delicious German breads. We took the time here to wash our clothes and for some activities including:
    - Quaddriving
    - Sandboarding
    - Township tour

    First activity was Quaddriving. And none of these Fisherprice quads but real ones with 250ccm where you had to shift by yourself! Unfortunately one of our group had an accident while jumping a dune an broke his collar bone.
    Sandbording was the activity of the next day and it is a lot of fun. Although you have to climb the dune by yourself.
    And probably the most impressive activity was the Township tour (you wouldn't have expected that?). We visited nearby township and got to know the different tribes of Namibia. The people were extraordinarily friendly and answered all our questions. Giovanna could even dress up as a Himba woman but I prefer shorter skirts. Especially funny was the typical dinner where they served spinach, perl millet (Mahangu!) and caterpillar worms. Yes worms. I gave them a try and let me tell you: stick to the Big Mac!

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  • 08Feb 2010

    7 Spitzkoppe 08.02.2010 Namibia —

    Namibia

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    Spitzkoppe is the so called Matterhorn of Namibia. Not quite the size what expected but it was a fun location to hike as we had some time to kill that afternoon before dinner. So we made our way up to the top. Although we did not quite reach it (I'm not quite sure whether you can without climbing equipment) but we have been rewarded with a great view on the vast campsite at the bottom of the mountain.

    The next day we visited a cheetah farm where they are rising cheetahs and look after old animals. Feeding time was exciting as they caught donkey parts which were thrown from our pickup truck.

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  • 11Feb 2010

    8 Etosha National Park 11.02.2010 Namibia —

    Namibia

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    Covering 20 000 km2, Etosha is Namibia‟s premier nature reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads afforded us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park. We spent the day exploring the park's southern area. The campsite that night was situated just outside the parks boundaries, only 10kms from Anderson Gate.

    After dinner we had a couple of Springbock shots in that very interesting bar there!

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  • 14Feb 2010

    9 Okovanga Delta 14.02.2010 Botsuana —

    Botsuana

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    In Maun we changed our bus and drove north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler's station. We first thought it would just take around half an hour, but in fact it seemed a never ending bumpy ride.
    Mokoros are traditional dug out canoes, manoeuvred by local guides, who “pole” them through the waterways. That's how we also made our way into the Okavango Delta. And again this Mokoro ride seemed to take 4ever. We started the ride around noon, it was freaking hot, we got a leaking Mokoro and a nonexperienced young poler, who drove us into the fleshcutting papyrus leafs at every turn. In some kind of way it was fun, at least we had something to laugh about. At around 2 o'clock in the afternoon we reached our camp in the middle of nowhere. We quickly set up our tents to meet the tourguides for a safety briefing. They explained us some very important rules, including the following:

    - do never ever ever leave the group!
    - try to be as quiet as you can; that increases the possibility of spotting animals.
    - we do not have guns; just sticks!
    - if we come across some lions, don't even dare to run away alone. They will think you want to play with them and they definitely will chase and kill you! So stay in the group and don't move!
    - if an angry elephant tries to chase you, don't run in straight lines. They are very fast. Try to make as many turns you can, find a high tree and climb it. Don't try to hide behind bushes, they will easily trample over them.

    After this and many more reassuring informations, we set off to our first afternoon game walk. We saw many giraffes, zebras and impalas, but no really dangerous animals like elephants or lions. I don't remember if we felt disappointed or just relieved, because we didn't have to run for our lives. Walking back to our camp, we enjoyed the stunning sunset over the delta.

    We had an early wake up, without breakfast the next morning, because we set off directly to our second game walk. Early in the morning you are able to spot more animals than during the day, when the sun is too hot even for them. And of course we saw much more animals than the day before. We spotted hippos, more impalas, zebras and giraffes. We even discovered a male elephant, which was the highlight of the day. He first didin't notice us, but once we got closer, he suddenly turned himself against us and "warned" us, shaking his head. Our guide told us to stand still, but run for our lives, in case the bull would move towards us. We almost died of fear during that endless moment. But the elephant just walked away after a few minutes, THANK GOD! In the afternoon we had our first mokoro driving lesson. That was fun, but it was also very difficult to hold the balance. So we decided to let the polers drive us into the Hippo Pool that night. We indulged ourselves drinking a bottle of "Balance" :) and watching the yawning hippos in front of the sunset. Not enough, the polers and guides danced and sang for us to make the day end with an unforgettable memory.

    Last day - last game walk. We saw more impalas, more zebras and we almost ran into a giraff. What a shock! After that last safari we walked back to the camp, packed our stuff and made our way out of the Delta. Of course, by Mokoro!

    All in all this trip was just amazing!

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  • 16Feb 2010

    10 Maun 16.02.2010 Botsuana —

    Mabudutsa Ward, Maun, Botsuana

    Beschreibung

    We arrived back in the early afternoon and had the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an sunset scenic flight over the Delta. Quite fun if the pilot is a local student fooling around with his friend in the other plane high above the ground.

    Sitting on the copilots seat kinda felt like Flight Simulator and I bet I could have landed that machine.

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  • 17Feb 2010

    11 Chobe National Park 17.02.2010 Botsuana —

    Botsuana

    Beschreibung

    That afternoon we took a boat cruise on the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia and let me tell you: there are loads of animals to see. A perfect game drive by boat.

    The next day we spent the day within the Chobe national park on an optional activity game drive with a night within the park. It was a welcome change because tents we already set up as we arrived and the cook was ready to serve the food. Right in the middle of a national park surrounded by nature. It was an awesome experience.

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  • 19Feb 2010

    12 Victoria Falls 19.02.2010 Simbabwe —

    Chinotimba, Victoria Falls, Simbabwe

    Beschreibung

    We spent the last afternoon shopping at the local crafts market in Victoria Falls. Giovanna bought a large wooden giraffe.

    In the evening we had a small dinner and went for the booze cruise where we celebrated the last night of our extraordinary tour.

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