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27 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Adventure

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On this Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Adventure you will visit two large cities of Africa and cover the stunning wilderness that lies in between. Big game drives in custom-built 4×4 safari vehicles will take you to the famous waters of the Okavango Delta, the expansive terrain of the Serengeti and the misty cliffs of Victoria Falls.

The travel style is fast, fresh and adventurous for travellers between the ages of 18-39.

  • The overland truck has been re-designed for 21st century safari travel
  • Steel enforced body to withstand the impact of rough terrain
  • Large front window and no divider between guides and travellers
  • Adjustable spacious seats that recline for comfortable travel
  • USB ports at every seat
  • Drinking water on tap

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R49,599

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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 18
Age Range 18 - 39 Years
 

 

27 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Adventure Tour Overview

Departing from Johannesburg
Ends in
Nairobi

This Budget Overland Safari departs from the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg where you can book an excursion to the township of Soweto. Then we hit the road to cross the border into Botswana for mokoro trips down the Okavango Delta. Then it is onto the magnificent Victoria Falls for a range of activities before we hit the beaches of Malawi. Our tour will then takes us to East Africa for some cultural awakenings before we end off in Nairobi.

Included

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Soft Drinks
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Activity Package and Optional activities

SKU: CAM2604
 

27 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Johannesburg, South Africa

Following your arrival in Johannesburg, you will attend a short group meeting at your accommodation. Please be sure to have all necessary visas and documents ready to travel with. The hotel we meet at is situated in the city, but you are encouraged to spend some time exploring your surrounds, such as Soweto or the renowned Apartheid Museum.

Accommodation: Airport Game Lodge (or similar)

Day 2

Johannesburg – Serowe, South Africa

Today’s journey leads us through a deserted part of central-eastern Botswana. We make our way into Botswana and complete the day at the magnificent Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a unique community-funded project that aids in the conservation of wildlife. The Sanctuary is situated around the Serowe Pan, a massive grass-covered depression with numerous natural water holes and spreading over approximately 4,3000 hectares of Kalahari desert. The haven is located 25 kilometres north of Serowe – one of Africa’s biggest traditional villages. If we make good time we will be able to go on a rhino game drive.

Accommodation: Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Serowe – Maun, Botswana

Our tour takes us to Maun today where you can go on an optional scenic flight (120USD).

Maun is a diverse combination of contemporary structures and native huts. Main is known as Botswana’s tourism capital, as well as the administrative hub of the Ngamiland district. Maun has grown dramatically from a rural town and has extended along the Thamalakane River. It still maintains its rural atmosphere as the local folk keep bringing their cattle to Maun in order to sell. This community is now dispersed along the broad Thamalakane Riverbanks, where red lechwe can be spotted grazing next to donkeys, goats and cattle.

Accommodation: Sedia Riverside Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Maun – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Following one evening in Maun, we start our thrilling two day/one night adventure into the Delta as we travel for around two hours to reach the dock, where we are transferred into mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) that guide us into the heart of the Delta. A few hours later, we arrive at our basic bush camp where we can rest for a bit, enjoying the stunning surrounds. Over the next day you will embark on various guided game walks, mokoro rides and bird and wildlife viewing in the magnificent Okavango Delta – the world’s biggest inland delta. During your free time, indulge in a good book or simply unwind, basking in the sun’s rays. In the nights, look up at the blanket of sparkling stars above you, sing with the locals, or simply relax and enjoy a cocktail next to the warm glow of the campfire.

Accommodation: Okavango Delta Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Okavango Delta – Gweta

Today we enjoy one final sunrise over the Delta before embarking on a mokoro cruise in search of wildlife. We then meander back to our campsite where we pack up and then continue our travels to Gweta – the perfect base for a sunset outing into the Makgadikgadi Pans.

During rainfall, an abundance of wildlife is drawn to the water-filled pans. The water awakens the dormant fish and aquatic shrimps from beneath the mud. The neighbouring plains also bustle with animals and contain massive concentrations of antelope that attract a broad range of predators.

Accommodation: Planet Baobab
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Gweta – Kasane, Botswana

Our destination for today is Chobe National Park, which is the first national park of Botswana, located along the Chobe River. It contains one of the highest populations of game in all of Africa, and is one of the world’s last remaining large wilderness regions.

For a great way to view the wildlife we suggest an optional Chobe River Sunset Boat Cruise (40USD) where you can have a few drinks, take a few photographs and watch the sun go down.

Accommodation: Thebe River Safaris
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Kasane – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

We will travel across Zimbabwe today to Victoria Falls. Experience the cool spray as you get up close and watch the water plummet below. Here you can go whitewater rafting or bungee jumping to add a thrill to your adventure.

Accommodation: Explorers Village Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

You will have more time to explore Victoria Falls and the town today. Take part in activities or just watch the water as it plummets off the cliff.

  • Zambezi Bungee Jump 160USD
  • Zipline over the Zambezi 45USD
  • Bridge Swing over the Zambezi 160USD
  • Zambezi Whitewater Rafting 150-160USD
  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise 58USD
  • Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride 330USD for 25 minutes or 160USD for 15 minutes

New travellers may join us today so feel free to meet them over an optional dinner tonight.

Accommodation: Explorers Village Camping (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Victoria Falls – Lusaka, Zambia

An early morning rise at 6:00 will take us through the stunning scenery of Zimbabwe to Lusaka. It will be a long and bumpy ride, but there will be plenty of animals along the way to make the journey worth it.

Like plenty of Africa’s capitals, Lusaka is a vibrant city growing around its colonial roots, socialist history and, presently, its motivation for independence. Lusaka is an illustration of just how many cities are still attempting to locate their independence in today’s fast-moving world. Located in the southern portion of Africa, Lusaka is known as one of the most rapidly developing populations in the country, and is the governmental and administrative hub of Zambia.

Accommodation: Eureka Camping Park (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Lusaka – Chipata, Zambia

Another long driving day that will take us to Chipata in our overland vehicle.

Accommodation: Mama Rula’s Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Chipata – South Luangwa

We will arrive at the campsite in the late morning and go on a wildlife safari drive in South Luangwa National Park, or visit a local village.

Accommodation: Wildlife Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

South Luangwa, Zambia

South Luangwa is a wildlife haven where you can go on a driving safari, a walking safari or enjoy a night safari.  You can also visit a textile market on a village tour.

Accommodation: Wildlife Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

South Luangwa – Kande Beach, Malawi

Today we make our way to the ‘Lake of the Stars’ – Lake Malawi. Take long beach walks overlooking the crystal clear water. Snorkel among the tropical fish enjoying the warm waters. Watch and learn from the locals as they fish on the lake in dugout canoes.

Please wear conservative outfits where your shoulders and knees are covered to respect the Christian religion.

Accommodation: Kande Beach Lodge and Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Kande Beach, Malawi

You will have more free time to enjoy your surroundings on Kande Beach. In the evening you can have a traditional dinner in a local home.

Accommodation: Kande Beach Lodge and Campsite (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

Kande Beach – Chitimba, Malawi

We set off for the northern part of Lake Malawi to Chitimba. The Lake is the primary attraction of Malawi, spreading over 1/5th of the country. It is the third biggest lake in the continent and is around 500 kilometres in length. The Lake is renowned for its fantastic snorkelling and diving, and it is depended on by the locals for their survival – they use mokoros (dugout canoes) to fish from and throw out long nets a skill passed on from generation to generation.

Accommodation: Chitimba Beach Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16

Chitimba, Malawi

You have one more day to take in the beauty of Lake Malawi. Don’t miss out on a spectacular hike to Livingstonia along the Nyika Plateau for a perfect view of the river (5USD). You can take an optional walk to the local village to get to understand the locals way of life (10USD).

Accommodation: Chitimba Beach Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17

Chitimba – Iringa, Tanzania

We make our way into Tanzania today, travelling out of the Great Rift Valley through some incredible mountain passes. During our journey we can spot the massive tea plantations of the highlands as we head through to Iringa, where we set up camp.

Accommodation: Kisolanza Farm
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18

Iringa – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Today we depart for Dar Es Salaam, a city that began as a fishing village before becoming a port and trading hub. Dar was once the capital of the country, and is presently the main commercial city, as well as the de facto seat of majority of government institutions in Tanzania. It is the primary seaport for the country, landlocked by adjacent countries. Dar Es Salaam, or ‘Abode of Peace’ in Arabic, is Tanzania’s biggest city, with a population of more than 2.5 million. It is also the country’s wealthiest city, and a significant economic hub.

Accommodation: Mikadi Beach Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19

Dar es Salaam – Nungwi, Tanzania

A ferry from Dar es Salaam will take us to the picturesque beaches on the northern tip of the island. This is an idyllic place to watch the boats bobbing up and down on the crystal clear blue waters.

Accommodation: Amaan Bungalows (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 20

Nungwi, Tanzania

Here you can choose from snorkelling (50USD), sailing trips (75-100USD) or scuba diving. Our guide will be happy to inform you of what else there is to do on the beach.

Accommodation: Amaan Bungalows
Meals: Breakfast

Day 21

Nungwi – Stone Town

We will travel back to Stone Town for one more night on the island. On the way there we will stop for a guided tour of the spice plantation. Here you will be educated about the various growing spices and their range of uses, including the likes of black pepper, cinnamon, jackfruit, vanilla, lemongrass and more.

Stone Town boasts a fascinating labyrinth of slim, cobbled streets lined by Arabic structures. The best way in which to view the town is to get lost within it. Hours can easily be spend roaming through the many alleys and squares, drinking strong coffee from street cafes, or purchasing sweetmeats from a variety of small stores. Known as ‘the Spice Island’, Zanzibar is drenched in intriguing history and culture, due to it being the heart of the slave and spice trades in the 1800s.

Remember to dress conservatively as Zanzibar is a Muslim society. Always ask permission before taking a photograph – a phrase that can be taught to you by your guide.

Accommodation: Tausi Palace Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 22

Stone Town – Korogwe, Tanzania

Prepare for a full day of driving today.

Accommodation: Zebra camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23

Korogwe – Arusha, Tanzania

We pass Africa’s tallest mountain today, Mount Kilimanjaro, and make our way toward Arusha, situated at the base of Africa’s fifth tallest mountain, Mount Meru. Also referred to as the ‘safari capital’ of Tanzania, Arusha is most certainly the most significant centre in northern Tanzania. With plenty of protected national reserves and mountains, Arusha is a picturesque contemporary town. Boasting an array of markets, services and a fantastic location, this is the finest base for our next expedition.

The main industry of Arusha is agriculture, with massive vegetable producers exporting high-quality produce to Europe. The city is peppered with coffee plantations, which only serves to add to the region’s charm.

Prepare a day pack for the 3-day excursion to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Pack something warm for the evenings and plenty of insect repellent.

Zanzibar Express: transfer this morning from your Stone Town hotel to the airport for a scenic flight to Arusha. Arrive in Arusha and transfer to the camp to meet back up with the group. Only breakfast and dinner included.

Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24

Arusha – Serengeti National Park

Following a delicious breakfast, we start our adventure into the Serengeti National Park and the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater – two of Africa’s leading wildlife regions. We switch to specialised four wheel drive safari vehicles today, and are led on an incredible game drive through the Park by expert driver/guides. The trucks we use have lovely sliding windows and a big, pop-up roof that is ideal for fantastic game viewing. They are smaller than our traveling vehicle, which lets us move more easily through the plains.

With an area of 14,763 square kilometres, the Serengeti is incredibly vast. We camp and spend time game viewing in the central Serengeto ‘Seronera’ region, which is situated in the southeast of the Park. Due to the size of the reserve, certain areas will not be available to visit during our stay here.

As we travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and into the Serengeti NP, you will begin to realise the enormity of this region, admiring the huge populations of wildlife that roam the acacia-spotted plains. The following day, we carry on with our search for the Big Five (elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino) whilst marvelling at our exquisite, vast surrounds.

Accommodation: Seronera Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25

Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Before we leave the Serengeti we will take a safari drive to experience the vast expanse of this animal kingdom. Once we are back at camp we will pack up and prepare for our journey to the Crater. We will have spectacular views of the rim of the crater with an abundance of animals to view. We will be back at camp in the late afternoon.

If you have pre-booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari, today’s likely the day for this activity! Your guide will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change. You will miss the included morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have a much better view from above!

Accommodation: Simba Campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26

Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

Today we travel to the floor of the Crater, experiencing our last expedition whilst observing the massive variety of fauna and flora, including zebra, gazelle, impala and cheetah that are enclosed by the Crater’s walls.

Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27

Arusha – Nairobi

We leave Arusha in the morning and travel through to Nairobi, where our tour comes to an end in the early evening. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but you are encouraged to pre-book an extra night if you’d like to spend more time here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Onward Travel Plans

Due to on the road variable beyond our control (such as border crossings, traffic, delays, etc) on the tours. The end time on the last day can’t be guaranteed and therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

 

27 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Adventure Activities

  • Game drives in safari vehicles
  • Mokoro trips
  • South Luangwa Wildlife Safari Drive, walking safari and Tribal Textile visit
  • Snorkelling in Malawi
  • Spice Plantation Tour in Zanzibar
 


Other Activities

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise 58USD
  • Zambezi Bungee Jump 160USD
  • Zipline over Zambezi 45USD
  • Bridge Swing over Zambezi 160USD
  • Zambezi Whitewater rafting 150-160USD
  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise 58USD
  • Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride 160USD for 15min or 330USD for 25min
  • Hike to Livingstonia 5USD
  • Village Walk 10USD
  • Snorkelling in Zanzibar 50USD
  • Sailing Day Trip in Zanzibar 75-100USD
  • Serengeti Balloon Safari 539USD

 

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