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31 Day Dar es Salaam to Cape Town Overland

Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town Overland travelling through amazing remote regions of Southern Africa and East Africa.

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  • dar es salaam to cape town safari
  • southern africa accommodated safaris
  • View of Table Mountain
  • Chobe National Park
  • View of Fish River Canyon
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Side view of Lake Malawi
  • Beautiful sunset/sunrise at Lake Malawi
  • serengeti safari
  • Native Himba woman,
  • Sunset in Africa
  • Okavango Delta Tours
  • Victoria Falls
Tour Map
Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe,Namibia, South Africa
Starts Dar Es Salaam
Ends Cape Town
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
 

 

31 Day Dar es Salaam to Cape Town Overland Tour Overview

Departing from Dar Es Salaam
Ends in
Cape Town

Included

  • Meals - 29 Breakfast, 29 Lunch, 24 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary

Excluded

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

SKU: CAM0462
 

31 Day Dar es Salaam to Cape Town Overland Itinerary

This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.

Day 1

Mikumi, Tanzania

We depart from the warm Indian Ocean coastline today and begin our journey to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi contains countless lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. We have a chance today to partake in an optional afternoon game drive through this magnificent Park.

Accommodation: Camp: Asante Afrika Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi ± 195 km

Day 2

Iringa, Tanzania

Starting the day early this morning we enjoy a game drive in the Mikumi National Park before journeying further inland making our way up to Iringa situated in the southern highland tea plantation region of Tanzania. Tonight we eat in a fantastic local restaurant where we are treated to a traditional Tanzanian evening.

Tanzania is a mountainous region in the northeast, where Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, is located. The Great Lakes of Lake Victoria (Africa’s biggest lake) and Lake Tanganyika (Africa’s deepest lake, famous for its unique fish species) are to the north and west. Central Tanzania is comprised of a vast plateau complete with savannahs and fruitful land. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the exotic island of Zanzibar situated just offshore.

Tanzania has tropical temperatures and, in the highlands, the climate ranges between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius during the cold and hot seasons respectively.  The remainder of the country has temperatures that seldom drop lower than 20 degrees Celsius. The hottest season takes place between November and February, reaching temperatures of over 30 degrees, whilst the coldest season occurs between May and August, dropping to below 15 degrees.

Accommodation: Camp: Kisolanza Farm
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Mikumi to Iringa ± 360 km
Activity Package: Mikumi National Park Game Drive

Day 3

 Lake Malawi – Malawi, Tanzania

We leave Tanzania behind and make our way to Malawi. Passing through the picturesque mountains and tea plantations in the highlands, travelling to our campsite for the next three nights.

Accommodation: Camp: Maji Zuwa
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Iringa to Chilumba ± 560 km
Border Post: Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00 Tazaia: Chizuulu, Tel: +   , Ope: h-18h00

Day 4 - 5

Lake Malawi, Tanzania

The next two days are spent enjoying the magnificent views and sounds of Lake Malawi. You could laze around at the pool at your accommodation, snorkel or swim in Lake Malawi. You may be able to book a full day hike to the Livingstonia Mission.

The following morning we make time to visit Karonga. The town is the centre of Malawi’s slave trade. Home to magnificent museums boasting displays of dinosaurs and the rich history of people and the world.

Lake Malawi is the third biggest in Africa and the eighth biggest in the world, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The lake offers fantastic snorkelling and diving adventures and its tropical waters contain more species of fish than any other lake on earth. These fish support the locals who rely on the lake for survival, using mokoros (dug-out canoes) to set out massive nets. There is a massive variety of different ethnic groups dwelling in this area and as a result, there are plenty of dialects to be learned and spoken. Majority of these groups are Christians due to the countless missionaries who past through the area, whilst the remainder have maintained their traditional belief systems.

David Livingstone arrived at Lake Malawi in 1895 whilst he was attempting to put a stop to the awful slave trades taking place. He returned in 1861 accompanied by seven missionaries who established a mission station in the southern area of the lake, but some contracted malaria and other various illnesses as well as suffered from conflict with slave-drivers. The surviving missionaries soon withdrew to Zanzibar. Livingstone came back again in 1866 as part of his journey to discover the source of the Nile. In 1869 he travelled north and was subsequently out of contact for almost two years. Found by journalist Henry Stanley on the banks of Lake Tanganyika in 1871, Livingstone was uttered the famous phrase from Stanley: “Dr Livingstone, I presume.” Livingstone then carried out his mission, eventually dying at a village called Chitombo in Zambia in 1873.

The death of this remarkable explorer revived the desire in other missionaries to come to Malawi and, after they finally finished setting up missions in various malaria-ridden areas, they constructed a malaria-free mission in the highlands of the eastern escarpment, aptly named Livingstonia. This particular mission is still operational today and is open to visitors willing to embark on a strenuous hike in order to reach it. Because of the relative difficulty of this 6-8 hour trek to the mission, you should be sure to partake in it only if you feel you are truly fit enough to brave the steep slopes and boiling temperatures.

Accommodation: Camp: Maji Zuwa
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Included Highlight: Karonga Town and Museum Visit
Optional Activity: Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering
Lake Malawi

Day 6

Lake Malawi, Tanzania

Our lodging for tonight is situated on the peaceful shores of Lake Malawi, Ngala Beach. Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling in the clear, calm waters of the lake.

Accommodation: Camp: Ngala Beach Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Chilumba to Nkhotakota Region
Route: ±375 km

Day 7

Zambia – South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

In the early morning we travel from Malawi and make our way into Zambia, carrying on to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the following two evenings on the riverbanks. You can frequently spot hippos and other wildlife from the camp’s bar. In the afternoon we embark on an included sunset game drive through the beautiful South Luangwa National Park.

Accommodation: Camp: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nkhotakota Region to South Luangwa National Park ±305 km
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Day 8

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

You have a full day to explore the park and its huge varieties of wildlife within it. You will have a chance to embark on one more optional morning safari or one of the walking safaris this morning. The Park is renowned for its large population of leopard and hippos. Following lunch, we embark on a Sunset Game drive in the park. Our day is seperated into a day and night drive with an enjoyable sundowner break in between. An amazing opportunity presents itself when we are able to see the animals we are unable to spot during the day.

Located in eastern Zambia, the South Luangwa National Park is a world famous wildlife sanctuary that is well-known for its beautiful walking safaris. There are plenty of Thorneycroft’s Giraffe as well as large herds of elephant and buffalo, whilst the Luangwa River is home to plenty of crocodile and hippo. Established as a game reserve in 1983, the area was declared a National Park in 1972 and presently covers over 9000 square kilometres. Hippopotami flourish in this Park due to the areas of flooded grassland habitats that are situated nearby to the river, on which they happily graze during the evenings. We may be able to spot pods of over 500 hippos during the dry season as this is when the river dries up and leaves them restricted to areas of deep pools.

On average, there are most likely up to 42 hippos per kilometre. These magnificent creatures are crucial to the Park’s ecosystem as their excrement released into the river fertilises the waters and supports the fish population which, in turn, sustains the crocodiles. The South Luangwa National Park is also believed to contain the largest population of leopard throughout the entire African continent. It is estimated that there is one leopard for every kilometre of river in the Luangwa Valley. Therefore, the possibility of spotting this elusive and majestic nocturnal creature is fairly high.

Note: Tribal textile production department is closed from December to March, but the textile shop is open all year around.

Accommodation: Camp: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Day 9

Petauke, Zambia

We depart from South Luangwa today, we stop at Tribal Textiles. The area Chipata is a huge producer of Cotton and we get to experience the creativity of African culture. A workshop (March to December) is available for those who would like to enjoy and see how the beautiful fabrics are crafted. Our camp this evening will be in the quaint town of Petuake. Purely African, Zambia is somewhat of an adjustment to the more western ways of Southern Africa.

Accommodation: Camp: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: South Luangwa National Park to Petauke ±185 km
Included Highlight: Textile project visit (full tour available March to December)

Day 10

Lusaka, Zambia

Our travels to the lively capital of Lusaka leads us along a fascinating path. On weekdays there might be a chance to pay a visit to one of the intriguing local markets of the area.

The capital and biggest city of Zambia, Lusaka has two primary spoken languages – English and Nyanja. It is situated in the southern region of the central plateau of Zambia at a height of 1300 metres and has a population of approximately 1.7 million. With one of the most rapidly developing city centres in Africa, Lusaka is situated in a prolific farming region and is Zambia’s administrative, financial and commercial centre. It is believed that with proper and effective economic improvements, Lusaka (as well as Zambia as a whole) will advance significantly. Lusaka is home to a varied community of foreigners, many of whom work in the aid industry, as well as diplomats, representatives of religious societies and several business people. Historically, Lusaka was once the site of a village named after its headman, Lusaka, which was situated at Manda Hill; close by to where the National Assembly building now stands. The area was extended by European settlers in 1905 with the construction of the railway.

During 1935, Lusaka was selected to replace Livingstone as the capital of the British colony of northern Rhodesia, due to its relatively central location on the railway. After the union of northern and southern Rhodesia in 1953, Lusaka became the heart of the independence movement, resulting in the formation of the Republic of Zambia. Zambia became the 9th African state to gain independence from the British colonialists in 1964, following which President Kaunda came to power, with Lusaka as the country’s capital.

Accommodation: Camp: Eureka Camp 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Petauke to Lusaka ±403 km

Day 11 - 12

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today we journey from Lusaka and make our way across the border of Zimbabwe into Victoria Falls where we will arrive in the late afternoon. You can look forward to an optional dinner with your fellow travellers.

*Please note that it is possible that your crew and truck will change today.  Please report to the hotel reception to meet your crew for your 07:00 departure.

The following day we visit the remarkable Victoria Falls where you will be staying the night. Viewing the mighty Zambezi River dropping into the Batoka Gorge below. A variety of optional activities are on offer for those wanting to experience an adrenaline dosage this afternoon.

At 1700 metres wide and 108 metres high, Victoria Falls is said to be the biggest falls in the world. According to popular belief, Scottish explorer David Livingstone was the very first European to stand witness to the mighty Victoria Falls and wrote: “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, is used as the official name in Zambia. Because of its enormous power and size, the Falls are embellished with countless mythologies. It is believed by the local Tonga people of Zambezi that a river god, Nyaminyami, lives in the water in the shape of a gigantic snake.

The Zambezi River flooded thrice when the Kariba Dam was constructed in the 1950s, causing numerous deaths and much devastation. The locals believe that Nyaminyami became angry with the building of the Dam and thus was the entity that caused the horrendous floods. The peculiar form of Victoria Falls allows its entire width to be seen face-on from as near as 60 metres to the Falls due to the Zambezi River dropping into a deep and narrow slot-like fissure connected to a lengthy sequence of ravines. There are very few waterfalls in the world that permit this close of an approach on foot.

The Falls are created by the entire width of the river plummeting in a solitary vertical drop into a 120 metre wide chasm, whittled by the cascading waters along a breakage area in the basalt plateau. The chasm called the First Gorge varies from 80 metres deep at its west end to 108 metres in its centre. The only opening to the First Gorge is though a gap 110 metres wide, approximately two-thirds of the way across the width of the Falls from the western end, through which the entire volume of the river spills into the gorges of the Victoria Falls. Two islands, Boaruka and Livingstone, are situated on the peak of the Falls. They are big enough to divide the sheet of water, even at full flood. At less than full flood, other islands perform the task of dividing the curtain of water into dispersed parallel streams. The main streams are known as Leaping Water, Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the tallest) and the Eastern Cataract.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offer
Route: Lusaka to Victoria Falls ± 570 km, Victoria Falls to Kasane  ± 100 km
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activities: Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner Cruise and more

Victoria Falls

Day 13

Victoria Falls – Kasane, Botswana

We leave Victoria Falls and make our way towards Kasane. On arrival we set up camp along the Chobe River.   Lunch is served from the truck and the afternoon is spent exploring the national game reserve. Chobe National Park is a massive game reserve reknown for its elephants and hippos that explore the river, swamps and woodlands. You can take advantage of photographic opportunities this afternoon on a picturesque boat cruise through the park in search of these large animals and this evening we enjoy dinner around a campfire.

Accommodation: Camp Thebe River Safaris
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Victoria Falls to Kasane ±100 km
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive and Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00. Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00- 20h00.

Day 14

Kasane – Caprivi, Namibia

We wake up early in the morning to enjoy a game drive in the Chobe National Park. We travel through the Caprivi Strip in Namibia to our next destination. It is important to note you will be entering Namibia twice (please note this for Visas).  We spent the night on the banks of the Okavango river where we prepare for the Delta excursions.

Accommodation: Camp: Rainbow River Lodge  or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kasane to Rainbow River Lodge ±435 km
Border Post: Namibia: Ngoma Border Post, B8, In Ngoma, Zambezi (Caprivi), +264(0)66 250 601 Open: 07:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay behind at the accommodation during the Delta Excursion on the next two following days.

Day 15

Caprivi – Okavango Delta, Botswana

This morning we travel into the Okavango Delta. All those participating in the Okavango Delta Excursion, will experience picturesque cruises on crystal clear waters the and nature walks for the following 3 days, and you might spot some of the abundant wildlife.

Note: Activities may vary depending on water levels

Accommodation: Permanent Tented Camps: Okavango Delta Excursion
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta  ±160 km
Border Post: Namibia: Mohembo Border, Divundi/Bangani, Zambezi (Caprivi) +264(0)66 259 902 Open: 06:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

For more information on the Okavango Delta Excursion please click here

Day 16 - 17

Okavango Delta –  Maun, Botwana

We begin our day early heading to the Delta around palm islands, this could be the most picturesque and relaxing of experiences.. Enjoy the variety of activities on offer in the Delta such as Mokoro rides and nature walks. On the following day we depart from the Delta and take a boat ride back to the truck before meandering back to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta.

Note: Activities may vary depending on water levels

Accommodation: Camp: Permanent Tented Camps: Okavango Delta Excursion ,  Sitatunga or Island Safari Lodge    
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta, Okavango Delta to Maun  ±380 km
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion

Day 18

Maun – Ghanzi, Botswana

A Scenic flight over the Delta presents itself this morning before making our way towards Ghanzi today. We will set up our camping site, following which we will meet the local San community. Enjoy an optional walk with San guides this afternoon. In the eveining we will get in touch with the San culture being entertained with some traditional Tribal Dancing and story telling.

Accommodation: Camp Ghanzi Trail Blazers or  Dqae Qare San Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Maun to Ghanzi ±290 km
Included Highlight: San Evening Dance Performance
Optional Activity: Guided Walk with San Trackers

Day 19

Ghanzi – Windhoek, Namibia

This day starts off with a long drive to the Namibian border and then on to Windhoek, in the heart of Namibia, where we will arrive in the early evening. Upon arrival in Windhoek, our guide will give us a short tour through the city in our vehicle. We will have the option to go to Joe’s Beer House to enjoy a hearty meal – definitely a feast for all the senses.

Accommodation Two Per Room: Heja Game Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Ghanzi to Windhoek ±440 km
Included Highlight: Visit to Windhoek City Centre
Optional Activity: Dinner Out at Joes Bee House
Border Post: Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560 401, Open: 07h00-24h00. Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 659 2013/2064, Open: 07h00- 24h00

Day 20 - 21

Windhoek – Etosha National Park, Namibia

After leaving the city we head into Namibia’s desolate northern area. En route, we spend time at a popular craft market where you can buy handmade gifts to take home as souvenirs. We reach the Etosha National Park and game drive through to our camping site for tonight.

On the second day, there is more terrific game spotting on our way to our next campsite. Etosha National Park provides some of the most exclusive game viewing experiences in Africa. We will have several game drives here and spend our nights at the where we will have the opportunity to take some fantastic pictures.

Accommodation Camp:  Okaukuejo OR Halali OR Namutoni OR  Mokuti Etosha Lodge OR Toshari Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Outjo to Etosha National Park ±455 km
Included Highlight: Craft market stop en-route, Full-Day Game Viewing
Optional Activity: Etosha Night Drive – subject to availability

Etosha National Park

Day 22

Etosha – Outjo, Namibia

Today we leave Etosha behind and travel towards Outjo, where we will be spending the night. We will have an optional game drive through the park in the morning (subject to availability), the afternoon is at leisure.

Accommodation: Camp: Etotongwe or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Etosha to Outjo ±120 km

Day 23

Himba Tribe, Namibia

Our journey goes on towards Kamanjab. Today we will be able to experience life within a Himba group. The Himba are pastoral individuals and primarily reproduce livestock or goats. They are quickly recognisable by their unique outfit designs. The Himba have been incredibly persistent about maintaining the origins of their lifestyle, but they are also very curious about guests visiting their homes.

After visiting the Himba group we turn south and make our way to the quaint town of Khorixas. We end the day by visiting the petrified forest in the outskirts of the town.

Accommodation: Bush Camp: Igowati or Khorixas Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Outjo to Khorixas  ±130 km
Included Highlight  Petrified Forest Visit
Activity Package: Himba Tribe Visit

Day 24

Khorixas – Swakopmund, Namibia

Today we enter Swakopmund and we pay a visit to Spitzkoppe. You can also choose to book one of the plenty Optional Activities available here (own expense). At night, there is an optional dinner at a local restaurant where you can try many different types of local dishes.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Haus Garnison
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Khorixas to Swakopmund  ±310 km
Included Highlight: Guided Walk at Spitzkoppe
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 25

Swakopmund, Namibia

This day gives you the opportunity to participate on multiple adventurous activities. You can also spend your time wandering through the streets doing some shopping. Available optional excursions include sand boarding, quad biking, skydiving or scenic flights over the vast Namib Desert.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Haus Garnison
Facilities En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Optional Activity: Dolphin Cruise, Sky Diving, Sandboarding, Quad Biking and more

Day 26

Swakopmund – Namib Naukluft, Namibia

We depart from Swakopmund today and head southwards, making a quick stop in Walvis Bay before turning east to the gorgeous Namib Desert. We will be accompanied by a local expert on a guided stroll through the desert as well as get taught more about the exclusive desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen managed survive in these harsh desert circumstances. We end the night early as we see have an extra early morning the following day.

Accommodation: Camp: Hammerstein or Betesda Lodge
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Swakopmund to Naukluft National Park area ± 111km
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert

Day 27

Sesriem and Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia

This will be the earliest morning wake-up of our entire trip. We will wake before dawn for one of the highlights of the tour, climbing up Dune 45 to watch the rising sun. After our stroll, we will get the opportunity to explore Sossusvlei and unwind at our camping site before taking a short walk into Sesriem Canyon.

Accommodation: Camp: Hammerstein or Betesda Lodge
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Sesriem to Sossusvlei ±130 km
Included Highlight: Hike up Dune 45, visit to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei and the Sesriem Canyon

Day 28

 Namib Naukluft – Fish River Canyon , South Africa

Today we head south on route to Ais Ais. Famous for its hot water baths, this is perfect way to ease away the dust of the Namib. Enjoy an evening swim under the Desert Starts before preparing for the following day, as it will be another early start to catching the morning light filters into the Fish River Canyon.

Accommodation: Camp: Ais Ais or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Namib-Naukluft Park to Fish River Canyon ±425 km
Included Highlight: Ais-Ais Hot Springs

Day 29

Fish River Canyon – Orange River, South Africa

We wake up early and make our way towards Hobas and to the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons found in the world. We walk along the rim of the canyon before on our final stop in Namibia. Our campsite is located on the banks of the Orange River, on the South African side. In the afternoon there is a chance for you to canoe down the River or for you to take your time relaxing at the campsite and going for a swim.

Accommodation: Camp Felix Unite or Norotshama Lodge 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Fish River Canyon to Gariep / Orange River ± 205 km
Optional Activity: Half-Day Canoe Trip

Day 30

Orange River – Cederberg Region, South Africa

Today we embark on a long drive to the Northern Cape’s fruit producing region in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. This evening we enjoy a traditional South Africa meal and celebrate the memories made.

Accommodation Camp: Markuskraal  or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Orange river to Citrusdal ±500 km
Activity Package: Traditional Dinner
Border Post: Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours   South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 761 8760, Open 24 hours

Day 31

Cedarberg – Cape Town, South Africa

On the last day of the tour, we make our way to the beautiful city of Cape Town. We stop at Table View for an outstanding view of Table Mountain from the other side of the bay. This is the spot from which the most photographs of Table Mountain are taken.

Accommodation: Own arrangements can be booked through us.
Route: Citrusdal to Cape Town ±250 km
Activity Package: Wine Tasting

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.

 

31 Day Dar es Salaam to Cape Town Overland Activities

The Activity Package (optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Wine tasting & traditional dinner ZAR200
  • Guided desert walk with local expert ZAR350
  • Himba Tribe visit ZAR350
  • Okavango Delta excursion ZAR5040
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise ZAR570
  • Chobe National Park game drive ZAR570
  • Vic Falls National Park entry ZAR540
  • South Luangwa National Park afternoon game drive ZAR1490
  • Mikumi National Park game drive ZAR1490
This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.


Other Activities

  • Livingstonia Day Trip (Hike)
  • Snorkeling 1hr Tanzania From $25 to $50
  • Walking Safari (4 hours) inside National Park Zambia From $40 to $60
  • Morning Game Drive (Including Park Fees) Zambia From $60 to $80
  • Dinner Out Victoria Falls Zimbabwe From $20 to $50
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers Zimbabwe From $ 90 to $ 100
  • Bungee Jump Zimbabwe From $ 155 to $ 175
  • Helicopter Flights 12-13 min (3pax min) Zimbabwe From $150 to $175
  • Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water) Zimbabwe From $145 to $160
  • Photo Safari Botswana From $120 to $360
  • Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person Botswana Clients Discretion
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant Namibia From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Bushman Walk Botswana From BWP80 to BWP90
  • Dinner Out Swakopmund Namibia From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Dolphin Cruise 4/5hrs incl Transfer and Light Lunch Namibia From ZAR550 to ZAR650
  • Skydiving incl Transfer & Safety Gear Namibia From ZAR2300 to ZAR2600
  • Sandboarding (Stand Up/Lie down ) Namibia From ZAR350 to ZAR550
  • Quadbiking (2 x Hours) Namibia From ZAR600 to ZAR700
  • Half Day Canoe Adventure (Min 4 pax) South Africa From ZAR250 to ZAR 300
Price subject to change

 

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31 Day Dar es Salaam to Cape Town Overland Pre Departure

Pre-Departure Information

Important Touring Tips:

  • The itinerary is a guide ONLY and is subject to change
  • There is a mix of different nationalities, ages and cultures on every tour
  • Space in the truck is limited – PLEASE DON’T BRING TOO MUCH LUGGAGE!
  • The tours are high adventure tours, so don’t expect European Coach tours or lodge safaris
  • The tours are often created in a circular route i.e. where one tour ends, another begins
  • The rate is the same throughout the year
  • Should you be travelling to Kenya. The Kenya government has instituted a Zero Tolerance on usage of All Plastic Bags. On the spot fines (400 USD) are being issued.

What are adventure tours?

These are adventure tours perfect for people who enjoy camping and the outdoors. You get to experience the “real Africa” by camping out at night, sitting around the campfire, taking in beautiful scenery, visiting local shops and getting to know the locals.v

What is a typical day?

A typical day on either your camping or accommodated Africa overland tour starts with an early morning wake-up call and a cup of tea or coffee followed by breakfast. Campers pack-up their campsite while comfort travellers check-out of their accommodation and hit the road.

We set off to our next destination travelling through a vast variety of landscapes, making our own new memories with new friends. Each day in Africa offers a new experience from an early morning sunrise hike, quad biking, sky dive or guided nature walk. The options are endless!

We have shorter travel days arriving at our campsite by midday or early afternoon, to enjoy lunch before joining our afternoon activity or simply enjoying a relaxed afternoon at your own pace.

On our longer travel days an early start ensures an earlier arrival at our campsite. We stop off at scenic spots to stretch our legs and take in the scenery, before lunch is enjoyed at a shady spot en-route. A mid- to-late afternoon arrival at our campsite allows us to set up camp, enjoy a beautiful sunset and end the day sitting around the campfire, under the stars.

Our best advice: expect the unexpected as this is Africa! We travel mainly on gravel roads and poorly kept tarmac roads – both setting the pace at which we travel. We do our best to arrive at our next destination, safety is our number one priority and while our overland vehicles are comfortable and spacious, they are not sports cars!

What type of vehicles do we use?

  • A custom-built, comfortable, safe and self-sufficient Africa overland truck to withstand the rugged African terrain.
  • Various vehicles are used on varying tours, with each offering comfortable seats with ample leg room.
  • Each vehicle has large glass windows for uninterrupted views and perfect for game drives.
  • Smaller 4×4 land cruiser type vehicles are used for game viewing in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, due to the roads being tougher and too narrow for the overland trucks.
  • Each overland vehicle includes a passenger safe to safely keep money + passports + flight tickets + credit cards. The keys are kept with your Tour Leader who will advise of safety requirements in place concerning the safe.Who is suited to go on an adventure tour?
  • Almost anyone can go on an adventure.

Some level of fitness is required due to accessing the vehicle and spending long days on bumpy roads (can take it out of you).EAST AFRICA TOURS require a more adventurous, fearless attitude and are suited to a younger traveller.
If you are planning to trek with the Mountain Gorillas or climbing Mount Killi you will need to have a higher fitness level.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A CAMPING OR ACCOMMODATED TOUR

Camping Tours:

A camping safari is for travellers who want a hands-on experience of Mother Nature. The guide(s) will do most of the work, but you will be required to assist with various tasks such as preparing the food, washing up, cleaning out the truck and setting up the campsite and your tent. If you dream of a lifetime African adventure, embark on a journey with us sleeping under the stars while listening to the sounds of wildlife in the distance.

We offer camping safaris suited to travellers who may prefer to travel in a younger group (aged 18 to 39). Or, you can choose a mixed age group (18 to 60). A camping safari must not be underestimated and will require active participation which means good health and a fair degree of fitness. We have a tour to suit what you have in mind, so please do not hesitate to enquire with us.

During an African camping safari you will stay in large two-man dome canvas tents which are spacious enough for two adults and your luggage. Or, you can opt to have your own tent by including the single supplement (valid on select camping tours).

Your tents are put up and taken down easily – your Tour Leader will show you exactly how to do this and help out when you are unsure. All tents are well-ventilated by means of a tent-door and window, covered with mosquito net. They also include a fly-sheet for the rain.

Most camping safaris include a sleeping mat (please do check with us upon enquiry). You need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel. All meals are prepared at the truck and you will be required to assist with the preparation.

The African campsites are basic and comfortable and you will be able to upgrade your accommodation at most of the places, but this is subject to availability. Most have warm showers and flushing ablutions, while others may have natural ablutions. Some places visited are bush camps where there are no facilities.

Accommodated Tours:

Accommodated safaris are ideal for travellers who prefer to experience African wildlife and adventure with extra comforts. You are surrounded by vast landscapes and wildlife, curiously roaming at your door-step. It is comfort, without the price tag!

Our accommodated safaris make use of a combination of lodges, hostels, bungalows, chalets, permanent safari camps, hotels and traditional huts. Our properties are ideally located at each destination for an authentic experience with incredible views.

We book Twin rooms if you are travelling with a partner or friend and Single rooms for single travellers (including single supplement). Most of the time we stay in 1-3 star properties with en-suite bathrooms in Southern Africa. In Eastern Africa we offer a combination of en-suite and shared bathrooms. In the case of shared bathrooms, you will be sharing with friends on your tour. Please bring your own towels as these are not always provided.

Select accommodated safaris include a camp assistant to help out with the smaller aspects of your vacation.

The standard of the properties varies along the trip. The Southern Africa properties are much more established than the East Africa accommodation. They vary from basic (but comfortable) to lovely properties. Due to the remote nature of the trips, accommodation choices are limited.

Distances and Road Conditions:

Our tours cover long distances so you can see significant amounts of Africa this means that there will be long days spent on the road often with nothing to look at except vast open plains. You can spend between 350km and 650km a day in the truck so it is important to be prepared.

What will you eat on safari?

Our Africa overland vehicles are fully stocked with dry goods at the start of each tour. We buy fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) almost daily to ensure fresh, good quality and tasty meals. Over the summer months fresh produce is not always available due to the heat and humidity, especially in East Africa and Mozambique – so we may have to skip tomatoes from lunch or opt for rice instead of potatoes at dinner.

Each Africa overland camping and accommodated tour include meals as per the itinerary. Often, we may only include breakfast and lunch, allowing you to enjoy dinner at a local market or restaurant. Drinks such as tea, coffee and fruit juice is included with every meal, but exclude bottle water, beer, soft drinks, alcohol etc. – these can be bought en-route or at your campsite bar.

We do cater for most dietary requirements (allergies, vegetarian, lactose-intolerant). Other requirements (gluten-free) may be more challenging on remote routes (i.e. East Africa) where starch is a stable-food in Africa. Please do speak to us about your dietary requirements and we will advise according to your trip. You will be amazed by the variety of tasty meals prepared on an open-fire!

Almost all your meals are pre-prepared over an open campfire or on the gas stove in your overland vehicle. All cooking equipment such as pots, pans, cutlery and crockery is included for you. Excellent hygiene standards are maintained at all times preparing food and washing up of kitchen equipment. Your guides will provide you with a separate washing up basin to wash hands in warm soapy water before and after each meal.

Our camping tours are limited participation tours, whereby we ask you to help out with daily chores (putting up / taking down tents) and help out your guides at meal times (rinsing, chopping vegetables).

So what are the meals like on tour? We have included a few meal options as a guideline:

Breakfast:

Tea/coffee and juice + cereals + bread/toast + fruit. Take 2 fruits and keep one for a mid-morning snack. An occasional cooked breakfast (bacon, pancakes, eggs) is made when you have more time to allow for this (normally when you spend 2 nights at the same destination).

Lunch:

Juice + bread + cheese + cold meats + salads + fruit (make a sandwich for a mid-afternoon snack)
Juice + fresh rolls + green salad (or rice salad or pasta salad) + fruit.

Dinner:

Tea/coffee and juice + chicken curry + rice, grilled or roast chicken + salad + garlic roll, grilled chicken + vegetables + salad, fish braai + salad, steak + veggies, pasta, stir-fry + rice, casserole, braai (barbeque) + salads + jacket potatoes, soup + fresh rolls.

Drinks:

Tea, coffee and cordial drinks are supplied with meals but other cooldrinks and alcohol can be purchased along the way.

What about children on tour?

  • Due to the nature of overland tours the minimum age limit is 18. Younger travellers (10 to 17) travelling with a parent(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the tour, time of travel and tour availability. We do have select tours offering Family Departures, suited for children aged 10 to 17.
  • Privately arranged charter tours’ age limits will be assessed based on the route and type of tour you choose.
  • Please bear in mind that the Gorilla Trekking tours have a minimum age limit of 16 years.

Packing for your tour:

Packing sensibly is essential for your Africa Overland trip. One backpack and one daypack are needed and these can weigh no more than 25kg. A duffel bag is preferable as it will fit into the lockers on the truck, but you can also take a backpack with a compact, flexible, soft shell (without a hard frame). Please do not take suitcases. The airlines implement a 20kg per person limit on international flights for your luggage (your main bag) and a further 5 kg for carry-on luggage (your day bag). A good idea is to include a spare bag for curios that you may purchase, but don’t forget to include this in your weight for your trip home. A moneybelt is a useful item for keeping your money safe and hidden.
Take along comfortable, casual and semi-casual “wash & wear” clothes. Cotton is a good material for when it is hot, and fleece for when it gets cold. Pack clothes that don’t crease easily as the laundry facilities are limited. Find clothes that can be mixed and matched easily and are colour co-ordinated. A great item of clothing is zip-off pants. These double-up as shorts or trousers and are useful for when the weather changes. Reversible clothes are also very convenient and will help to reduce space in your bag.

Packing sensibly is essential for your Africa Overland trip. One backpack and one daypack are needed and these can weigh no more than 25kg. It is compulsory you take a backpack (and not a suitcase) as the trucks store then in lockers or under the carriage (the locker dimensions vary so please ask your consultant). The airlines implement a 20kg per person limit on international flights for your luggage (your main bag) and a further 5 kg for carry-on luggage (your day bag). A good idea is to include a spare bag for curios that you may purchase, but don’t forget to include this in your weight for your trip home.

Take along comfortable, casual and semi-casual “wash & wear” clothes. Cotton is a good material for when it is hot, and fleece for when it gets cold. Find clothes that can be mixed and matched easily and are colour co-ordinated. A great item of clothing is zip-off pants. These double-up as shorts or trousers and are useful for when the weather changes. Reversible clothes are also very convenient.

Clothes:

  • 3-4 short sleeved shirts or T-shirts
  • 2 pairs of trousers or 1 pair and 1 skirt – try not to pack jeans as they take a long time to dry
  • ¾ pants
  • Warm sweater or fleece top
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Light sweater or sweatshirt (can also be used as an additional pillow)
  • Warm fleece top
  • Underwear and socks
  • Hat/peak cap/bandana
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Water/wind-proof jacket
  • Boots or sturdy trainers

Beachwear:

  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach towel and/or sarong
  • Sandals or thongs (need to be waterproof if you want to go white-water rafting)

Toiletries:

  • Personal toiletries
  • No electric shavers
  • Hand sanitiser/wipes (waterless sanitisers are convenient)
  • Baby wipes/wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Moisturiser
  • Face wash
  • Facecloth

Sleepwear:

  • Pyjamas
  • Travel pillow
  • Spare pillowcase
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Fleece blanket

Medication/first aid kit:

  • Prescription medication
  • Anti-histamine cream or tablets
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Sunscreen (high factor) and lip balm
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Pain killers
  • Eye drops
  • Diarrhoea medication
  • Moisturiser
  • Dehydration salts
  • Elastoplasts/band aids
  • Insect repellent (Malaria is a big problem in Africa, so the more protection the better)
  • Sterile dressings

Extras:

  • Water bottle
  • Book (you can swap with the rest of the group)
  • Extra memory/film for your camera (remember to set at the highest resolution as you might want to enlarge the pictures)
  • Head torch
  • Pens
  • Zip-lock bags (medium sized for cameras, snacks, trash etc.)
  • Extra batteries
  • Travel power strip ( a compact three-plug unit that includes two USB connections. With just one wall plug you can charge five gadgets) Buy on Amazon and will help to reduce space in your bag.
  • Penknife
  • Watch
  • Biodegradable laundry detergent
  • Vaccination certificates for some areas
  • Cash
  • Small scrubbing brush
  • A padlock for your luggage locker in the truck
  • The power plugs in SA have 3 round pins. East Africa has British power plugs.

Laundry:

  • There will be washing facilities at most campsites which you can make use of.
  • Please remember to bring some environmentally friendly washing
  • We suggest you take along crease-free clothing as the facilities available for ironing are limited

Safety on Game Drives:

  • When on safari be as quiet as possible at all times and don’t make any sudden movements, this will ensure you don’t disturb the animals and get the most out of your game drive.
  • Do not jump off the truck at any time.

Accommodation (Pre Tour):

  • It is highly recommended to arrive a day before your tour starts so that you do not miss out on the pre departure meetings as it covers important information you need to know for your trip.
  • It is strongly advised that you arrive a day before the tour starts.
  • We do advise letting us know as soon as possible in order for us to make the best hotel reservation for you.
  • Post accommodation can be very easily arranged.

Personal Health:

  • Ensure that the guides know of your medical conditions!!!
  • Let them know how you are feeling.
  • AIDS is an enormous problem in Africa so please be careful and practical, condoms are cheap and freely available.
  • A First Aid Kit is available on the truck for any emergencies.

Vaccinations:

  • Please ensure you seek medical advice from your travel doctor before visiting Africa.
  • You should consult your travel doctor or travel clinic for the latest requirements for Hepatitu A (Havrax), Yellow Fever, Tetanus Booster Shot, Rabies
  • If you are entering a Yellow Fever infected area, you will be required to have a vaccination which can be done at Travel Clinics.
  • Obtain an international Certificate of Vaccination with a valid stamp.
  • Yellow Fever – Valid for 10 years and mandatory for most African countries. It is compulsory to produce a yellow fever certificate when entering Kenya, Zanzibar and Malawi and for taking part in the Gorilla Trek. Failure to present this may result in entry being refused.
  • We also recommend that you ask your doctor about: Typhoid, Tetanus, Hepatitis, Meningitis, Polio, Hepatitis A&B, Cholera
  • Tents have mosquito nets in the vents and it is not generally necessary to bring a separate mosquito net unless you plan to sleep outside, under the stars(in which case you are recommended to bring one)

Malaria:

  • Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes and is more prevalent in areas where there are high concentrations.
  • Malaria is a serious problem in Africa, but if you are cautious and use mosquito repellent and take your malaria tablets you will be safe.

Main points to keep in mind about malaria:
o Cover your skin with long shirts, pants and socks as most mosquito bites occur below the knee.
o Make sure your mosquito net is tightly closed and doesn’t have any holes in it.
o Use an effective prophylactic and speak to your doctor about options for anti-malarial tablets
o Always cover yourself with mosquito repellent, especially at sunset.
o Please know that malaria cannot be cured!

Water:

  • Dehydration is a common ailment on tour.
  • You should be drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water per day
  • It is preferable to drinking bottled water to avoid diarrhoea, but your guide will advise you as to whether you can drink the water or not.

How others can reach you:

  • The easiest option to keep in touch with your loved ones at home is to buy a SIM card of the respective country you are travelling in.

Photography:

  • You are not permitted to take photographs at the border crossing, government buildings and military institutions.
  • No photographs of the army, police are allowed.
  • Some tribes do not allow their pictures to be taken so please ask your guides before photographing whether it is permissible or not.
  • A fee may have to be paid for photographing the local people.

Crew and Guides

Tour Crew:

Your tour crew are people with a heart of gold and love living in Africa! With an in-depth knowledge of the local culture, history and wildlife, your crew are committed to ensuring a memorable African overland tour, 24/7.

  • Most overland tours include two crew members (Driver and Tour Leader) working as a team managing tour finances, planning activities, preparing meals and ensure you safely experience Africa.
  • Our larger group overland tours (maximum 26 to 30) include a third crew member (Camp Assistant or Cook or Translator – tour depending).
  • A pre-departure meeting is held the day before your tour, where tour crew will brief you on the nature of your tour and what to expect. At this point they would also collect any local payments needed for your tour.
  • We have select shorter small group tours including one crew member, responsible for driving and tour management. It is perfect for an exclusive, personalised African experience.

The Guides:

  • All overland guides and crew undergo extensive training courses, lectures and field instruction on an on-going basis. Specialised guides are contracted for special interest tours (including school and University group tours) or language tours (Spanish and German) or private overland tours (on request).
  • Although overland guides are trained and qualified, remember they are still human. The nature of their work and duration of overland tours, places an enormous demand on them and can be taxing at times. Please treat them with respect and enjoy getting to know them. They are great people!

Climate and Weather Conditions:

  • The weather in Africa can be unpredictable and extreme so be prepared for this.
  • You can find out the type of weather to expect on your tour from your consultant.
  • Always wear sunscreen from October to April.
  • Temperatures can drop to below zero from June to September.
  • It does rain in Africa!

Street Vendors:

  • Like with any 3rd world country you will encounter informal vendors offering you better rates than the banks. We suggest you don’t work with them for security reasons.
  • Please do not display your foreign currency in public.

Passport:

  • A valid passport is required for all international travel.
  • Having all the necessary documentation for your trip is your own responsibility therefore you need to find out by your travel agent what the essential documents for the trip are in order to avoid any complications on tour.
  • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after returning from your trip.
  • In certain cases foreign passport holders require entry, re-entry or departure permits and/or visas to enter a country.
  • Have enough pages for all visas, at least 2 pages free for every country visiting – the Border Security is strict with this rule
  • A copy of your passport should be given to your guides for safety reasons.
  • Must be valid for 6 months after the date of departure from Africa.
  • Avoid using more than one passport to avoid visa payments when travelling

Visa:

  • Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and African Overland Tours will not be held responsible for the traveller being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.
  • Ensure you have a valid onward/return ticket to leave the country when the tour ends, otherwise you need sufficient funds in your bank account.
  • Visiting the Okavango Delta, you may need a double entry visa for Namibia and or Botswana
  • Botswana Tourism Levy: As of 1 June 2017, Botswana has implemented a tourism levy of US$ 30 per person to be paid in US Dollars cash once you enter.

Insurance

Medical Insurance:

  • Compulsory! No one will be allowed on a trip if you don’t have this. It is for your safety should anything happen while on tour (especially when in a remote location).

Travel Insurance:

  • It is compulsory to have comprehensive adventure travel insurance, on all overland tours. We require your travel insurance details upon booking your vacation, to include on the passenger list.
  • Most travel insurance policies do not include cover for adrenaline sports and adventure activities. These include white-water rafting, sky diving and bungee jumping. So double check your policy inclusions.
  • WorldNomads Insurance offer adventure travel insurance and, most importantly, cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend your travel insurance includes cancellation and curtailment insurance. The majority of tour departures are guaranteed (confirmed to depart) but in the unlikely event of a tour departure being cancelled, you would be protected.
  • In the case of credit card insurance, we recommend you check the fine print to ensure you have adequate cover as credit card companies offer a standard option. Sometimes, just for a simple problem, you may have to be airlifted to South Africa as many public hospitals in Africa are below western standards.
  • If you choose to use your credit card insurance, you will need to call your bank to obtain your policy details. This is how:
    • Phone your bank
    • Give them your Bank Card Number
    • They will ask you to verify your account
    • Then you need to ask for the insurance company name
    • Then you need to ask for the policy number
    • Remember to keep the telephone number you dialled

Single Supplements:

A single supplement is an additional charge you will pay for your own room. Single supplements are optional on camping tours, but compulsory on accommodated tours if you are a single traveller. Single supplements do not cover Activity Packages.

Optional Activities:

Optional activities are not included in the tour price because not everybody wishes to do them. Sometimes the activities are not available due to time, season or weather conditions

What is a Local Payment?

  • A number of adventure overland tours are made up of a Tour Price + Local Payment.
  • The Tour Price is pre-paid to secure your tour seat and include operational costs associated with each tour, such as; guide salaries, fuel, vehicle servicing, maintenance, road tolls and taxes.
  • The Local Payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on the morning of tour departure, in either US Dollars cash or ZA Rand cash (tour depending). It includes “on tour” expenses which cannot ordinarily be pre-paid such as: food, camping, national park entry, included activities.

Activity Package:

  • A selection of tours are made up of a Tour Price + Optional Activity Package.
  • The Tour Price is pre-paid to secure your tour seat and include operational costs associated with each tour, such as; food, camping (or accommodation), national park fees, guide salaries, fuel, vehicle servicing, maintenance, road tolls and taxes.
  • The Optional Activity Package combine the popular activities available on the tour, giving you the option to pre-pay this package (and so carry less cash while travelling) or; you can pay it on the morning of departure to your Tour Guide in ZA Rand cash.
  • Activity packages are optional 98% of the time and covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on the tours.
  • It is more convenient to pay these upon your arrival or on the first day of the tour.
  • If you do not pre-book a particular activity it may not be available and you may be disappointed.

Money Matters:

  • Your spending money, visas and optional activities needs to consist of a combination of Cash and Traveller Cheques in the currency quoted (tour specific). Credit cards are only accepted at some places (mostly larger cities) and throughout South Africa.
  • Visas are not accepted in East Africa.
  • In Southern and East Africa, additional credit card surcharges from 5% to 8% may be charged when using your card. It is best to use it only in case of emergency.
  • US Dollars, GB Sterling, Euro and select international currencies are used within Africa, with US Dollar being the most popular. You will find food, taxi, accommodation and optional activity prices are all quoted in US Dollars.
  • US Dollars cash notes must be issued POST 2005. No notes pre-dated are accepted due to fraudulent notes rife in East Africa. You can pre-order US Cash notes from your local bank or foreign exchange office prior to arriving in Africa.
  • It is best to bring a combination of larger denominations (USD100 and USD50) to pay for your Local Payment and smaller denominations (USD50, UDS20, USD 10 and USD5) for spending money, visas and optional activities.
  • ATMs are found throughout South Africa and other major towns and cities through Africa. However, you may not have access to an ATM for a few days, or they may be out of order. Please note that when drawing money from a local ATM, you will receive local currency. In Zimbabwe the ATM’s limit the amount of USD that can be withdrawn (it ranges from 50 USD – 200 USD a day).
  • ZAR is mostly used in South Africa and Namibia. We recommend USD for Botswana, Mozambique, Livingstone and Victoria Falls area.

Credit Cards:

  • Most of the major Southern and East African cities do have credit card facilities available however they may charge you a surcharge to use the facility.
  • Visa and Mastercard are the two most widely used accepted credit cards in Africa, while diners or American Express may not always be accepted

Banking facilities:

  • There are full banking facilities in the major towns based on weekly business hours. Here you can change money and withdraw cash from a credit card. Visa and Master Card are preferential, as other cards may not be widely accepted.

Tipping:

  • It is recommended to tip for various activities on tour – we suggest a tip of 1-3 euro (or whichever local currency is acceptable) per client, per half day activity.
  • Tipping your tour leader is also highly recommended as he / she works really hard to ensure you have the best experience on your tour. A tip of 2 – 5 Euros per client per day is a reasonable fair.
  • The amounts quoted above are only guidelines for the clients.

Departure Tax:

  • Various countries require you to pay an Airport Departure Tax (Zimbabwe is one) when departing on an international flight.
  • Varies from US$10 – US$60 depending on the departure time

Security:

  • The truck has a safe for passports, money, credit cards and flight tickets only!
  • Keep your cameras, cell phones, iPad’s and other digital equipment close to you at all times (preferably in your day pack) as the operator will not be held responsible for anything that goes missing.
  • Leave your valuables at home!
  • Be vigilant and cautious at all times.
  • Always walk in a group, especially at night.
  • It is advisable to have travel insurance for your personal items.

Quality and Protection:

  • We are proudly bonded SATSA members. Our membership number is 1712.
  • We are also insured by SATIB.
  • SATSA is the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association and offers protection to international travellers against the possible loss of deposits (or monies paid) to a SATSA member (tour operator, car rental company, accommodation provider etc.), in case of liquidation. It is underwritten by Lombard Insurance and Lloyds of London.
  • SATSA is the driving force behind improving standards of tourism in South Africa, as offered by its various members (tour operators, car rental companies, accommodation provider etc.).
  • “Should a SATSA member who is a South African tourism business operation, run into financial problems, the bonding scheme allows the client to claim back their deposit without having to prove in a court or to the liquidator whom or what was paid, but simply to produce the relevant documentation to SATSA.” – Michael Tatalias, CEO SATSA.
  • Satsa Bonding Offers financial protection on all monies paid.

Quick Checklist

  • Make sure your vaccination requirements have been done at least 4 weeks prior to your tour
  • Remember to make sure your VISA is valid for you to go on tour
  • Remember to reconfirm your flights. Airlines vary in their requirements but we suggest you reconfirm 48 – 72 hours before your departure homebound
  • Remember to take your passport, vaccination certificate and flight tickets with you ( a photocopy of these is a good idea)
  • Remember to take a copy of your insurance policy with you
  • Remember to take your travel voucher to give to your crew at your pre-departure meeting
  • Remember to take your Adventure Pass in US $ cash (unless pre-paid)




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