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42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland

Why book this tour?

This is an action-packed route to travel on. It travels from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and then back down along South Africa’s coastline ending back in Cape Town.

Experience them all by a range of exhilarating adventure activities that will pump you full of African adrenaline. Come and experience the most popular overland route (Cape To Vic Falls) and then add on the South Africa route with all its highlights (Kruger, the Coastline, and amazing wildlife).

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R45,770 R43,795

+ Single Supplement (Optional) ZAR 3650

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 10800

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  • Departing: 18/01/2018 | ZAR 1975 discount | Tour price: ZAR43,795
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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland
Starts Cape Town
Ends Cape Town
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
 

 

42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland Tour Overview

Departing from Cape Town
Ends in
Cape Town

This is an action-packed route to travel on. It travels from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and then back down along South Africa's coastline ending back in Cape Town.  Experience them all by a range of exhilarating adventure activities that will pump you full of African adrenaline. Come and experience the most popular overland route (Cape To Vic Falls) and then add on the South Africa route with all its highlights (Kruger, the Coastline, and amazing wildlife).

Included

  • Meals - 39 Breakfast, 32 Lunch, 30 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Soft Drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Optional activities

SKU: CAS0463
 

42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer 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

Cape Town – Cederberg Mountain Region, South Africa

We depart from Cape Town and are given one last opportunity to stop in Table View to take in the exquisite view of the iconic Table Mountain. On our way we will be treated to a delicious wine tasting. Upon arrival at our lodging for the evening, we are given a full briefing of our tour by our resident guides. Enjoy an optional traditional meal this evening at our overnight stop.

The Cederberg Mountains and nature reserve are situated nearby Clan Willliam. They were named after the endangered ancient Clanwilliam Cedar trees which are indigenous to the area, growing up to heights of over 1500 metres. The mountains spread up to 50 kilometres both north and south, and up to 20 kilometres both east and west with the highest summit within the range being Sneeuberg at 2028 metres. This region is comprised of intense sandstone rock formations, usually various shades of red in colour. The Cederberg Wilderness Area is renowned for containing incredible ancient San rock art. It is also well-known for the discovery of significant fossils, specifically within recent years. These fossils are of primitive fish and can be dated back almost 450 million years to the Ordovician Period.

Accommodation: Camp:  Marcuskraal Campsite
Facilities: Campsite with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal ±195 km
Activity Package: Wine tasting & traditional dinner

Cape Town

Day 2

Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River , South Africa

We wake up early in the morning and travel northwards via the detached town of Springbok, renowned for its diamonds, copper and spring flowers. We then continue to our camp situated next to the border of Namibia. The camping site is located on the riverbank that forms a natural divider between South Africa and Namibia.

Accommodation: Camp: Fiddlers Creek Campsite
Facilities: Campsite with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Citrusdal to Vioolsdrift ±509 km
Included Highlight: Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)

Day 3

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon, South Africa

In the morning we have the opportunity to view the wonderful river valley by canoe or just to unwind at the camping site. We will have lunch and afterwards we cross the border, driving into the Fish River Canyon. Before dinner is had at sunset, you can participate on a hike to enjoy the scenery. This is also a fantastic chance to take some gorgeous photos.

Accommodation: Camp: Hobas Campsite
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon ±180 km
Included Highlight: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon
Optional Activity: Half Day Canoe Adventure (Min 4 pax)
Border Post: South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 277 618 760, Open 24 hours Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours

Day 4

Namib – Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Today we reach the Namib-Naukluft National Park after a long day of travelling. After setting up our campsite, this evening you get the opportunity to enjoy the African night sky and beautiful silence of the Namib Desert.

Accommodation: Camp: Sesriem campsite
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft Park ±520 km

Day 5

Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

We will wake up really early in the morning to prepare for a hike up Dune 45 to marvel at the sunrise. After our hike, we will have the opportunity to visit Sossusvlei. In the end of the morning we meet a local expert who will guide us on our hike and will tell us stories about the exceptional desert ecosystem and how the Bushmen survived in these harsh desert conditions.

Accommodation: Camp: Desert Shelter Cha-re
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Namib-Naukluft National Park – Naukluft Area
Included Highlight: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Walk into Sesriem Canyon
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert

Sossusvle dunes

Day 6

Swakopmund, Namibia

We will have a short break to take some photographs while passing through the Tropic of Capricorn. We drive onto Namibia’s Atlantic shoreline and the adventure capital, Swakopmund. Often flamingos can be spotted at the Walvis Bay lagoon, just before we reach Swakopmund. Briefed on the variety of Optional Activities available here and then it is time to discover the town before dinner time.

Accommodation: Camp: Two Per Room: Amampuri or Haus Garnison
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Included Highlight: Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon
Optional Activity: Dinner Out Swakopmund

Day 7

Swakopmund, Namibia

Today is free to explore the many adrenaline packed activities in Swakopmund. Take a walk around and enjoy a delicious lunch if you are not participating in the activities.

Accommodation: Camp: Two Per Room: Amampuri or Haus Garnison
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Optional Activities: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner Out

Day 8

Outjo via Spitzkoppe, Namibia

In the morning we make our way across the popular road of the Skeleton Coast, and head to the holiday town of Wlotskasbaken. On our way to Spitzkoppe we come across a unique organism called Lichen. The organism is a result of a symbiotic relationship between two organisms – fungae and algae which creates a colourful spectacle. Passing through the vast granite formations, we see the beautiful rock art of the San people who resided here ages ago. A local guide will take us on to explore these amazing landforms before we make our way to our accommodation for the night.

Accommodation: Etotongwe
Facilities: Campsite with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Swakopmund to Outjo (via Spitzkoppe)
Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide

Day 9

Himba Tribes – Opuwu, Namibia

We continue north towards Kamanjab and we stop on our way and visit the Himba Tribe. 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. We make our way to our campsite for the evening in preparation for our time in the Etosha National Park

Accommodation: Camp:  Opuwo Lodge
Facilities: Campsite with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Outjo to Opuwo
Activity Package: Himba Tribe Visit

Day 10

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Making our way to Etosha National Park, we are treated to incredible views of the vast landscapes as well as game viewing from our truck during our game drives. We spend the night at a camp located inside of the park, where we can relax at their beautiful floodlit waterholes and watch animals visit for an evening drink during the night. For those wanting to partake in an optional game drive this evening may do so.

Accommodation: Camp: Okaukuejo OR Namutoni OR  Halali
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 ±170 km
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in truck
Optional Activity: Etosha Night Drive

Etosha National Park

Day 11

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha is the location for some of the most exclusive action viewing encounters in Africa, giving you a chance to witness the normally hidden creatures in this wonderful environment. We will go on several game drives and spend our nights at the numerous waterholes for some fantastic photographs!

Accommodation: Camp: Namutoni OR Okaukuejo OR Halali
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Included Highlight: Full day game drive in truck
Optional Activity Etosha Night Drive

Day 12

Windhoek, Namibia

After an early morning game drive, we set off towards Windhoek, the Capital of Namibia. On the way we stop at a well-known craft market where you can negotiate for hand-crafted presents to take home. Windhoek is not only the capital, it is also the economic centre of Namibia. After our arrival in Windhoek our guide will take us on a brief walk through the city centre. Be sure to try out the famous Joe’s Beer House for an interesting food experience!

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Heja Game Lodge or OR Hotel Safari
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek  ±450 km
Included Highlight: Craft market stop en-route, walk through Windhoek with your guide
Optional Activity: Dinner at Local Restaurant

Day 13

Windhoek –  Ghanzi, Botswana

Departing Namibia, we make our way across the border into Botswana after which we will travel towards Ghanzi. After settling in, we meet with a local Bushman (San) community and experience some traditional tribal dancing.

Accommodation: Camp: Ghanzi Trail Blazers
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Windhoek to Ghanzi ±520 km
Included Highlight: San Tribal dance in evening
Border Post: Namibia: Buitepos, Tel: +264 62 560401, Open: 07h00-24h00 Botswana: Mamanu, Tel: +267 (0) 659 2013/2064, Open: 07h00-24h00

Day 14

Maun, Namibia

Enjoy a last optional walk this morning with a San guide before we journey towards the town of Maun, where we spend the evening. In the afternoon there is an opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Delta (weather permitting). In the evening you will be briefed on how to prepare for the Delta excursion.

Please note: If you don’t purchase the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite for the following 2 nights.

Accommodation: Camp: Sedia Riverfront Hotel 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Ghanzi to Maun
Optional Activity: San walk/ Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta

Day 15 - 16

Okavango Delta, Namibia

We begin our Okavango Delta excursion today. This could be the most picturesque and relaxing of experiences. This unique ecosystem allows you to see the annual flood waters of the river. The water levels are completely dependant on the season being the main cause that adds character to the incredible Delta.

We spend the following day enjoying the variety of activities on offer at the Delta such as Mokoro rides and nature walks

Note: Activities may vary depending on water levels

Accommodation: Camp: Nguma Island Lodge (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)

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Okavango Delta

Day 17

Okavango Delta – Caprivi Region, Namibia

After our stay in the Okavango Delta, we will travel to the border and re-enter Namibia.  Making our way through the Caprivi Strip, we spend most of the day passing through Game Parks with the hopes of spotting something interesting. We spend the evening preparing for our following day in the Chobe National Park .

Accommodation: Camp: Island View Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Okavango Delta to Caprivi Region ±160 km
Border Post: Namibia: Mohembo Border, Divundi/Bangani, Zambezi (Caprivi), 33km or 40min SE of Divundu, Kavango, Namibia, Tel +264(0)66 259 902, Open: 06:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Day 18

Chobe National Park, Botswana

We begin the day with a delicious breakfast before making our way back to Botswana where our camp will be set up on the banks of the Chobe River. The afternoon is spent exploring the magnificent Chobe National Park in 4×4 vehicles allowing you to experience up close and personal experiences with the animals in the park. . Later in the day we enjoy a relaxing sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River

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: Caprivi Region to Kasane  ±435 km
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Chobe National Park boat cruise
Border Post: Namibia: Ngoma Border, B8, In Ngoma, Zambezi (Caprivi), +264(0)66 250 601 Open: 07:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Day 19 - 20

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Rising early today, we enjoy a game drive through the park before making our way to Victoria Falls town. After the game drive we pack up and make our way to the Victoria Falls town, here we have some time to prepare our activities for the following day, before visiting the incredible Victoria Falls and experiencing the thunderous and powerful Zambezi. There are craft markets and coffee shops for the more relaxed traveller. This evening can be spent enjoying an optional dinner out. Majority of our group will spend the next day white water rafting (a thrill not to be missed!), however there are various alternatives offered by Victoria Falls, such as a walk with lions or a bungee jump from the bridge that merges Zimbabwe and Zambia.

At 1700 metres wide and 108 metres high, Victoria Falls is said to be the biggest falls in the world. According to popular beliefs, 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 offered
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls ±100 km
Activity Package:Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Optional Activity: Dinner Out Victoria Falls, Whitewater Rafting, Canoe Trips, Game Drives and many more
Border Post Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320 / Open: 06h00-20h00 Zimbabwe: Kzangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00

Victoria Falls

Day 21

Victoria Falls to Francistown, Botswana

An early departure from Victoria Falls, we drive south through Botswana to Francistown. Our overnight this evening is located just outside of the town.

Accommodation Campsite : Woodlands Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offe
Route: Victoria Falls to Francistown ±560 km
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00 Botswana: Kazangula Road, +267 625-0320/1303, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 22

Francistown to Johannesburg, South Africa

Another early departure, we enter into South Africa by crossing the border and enjoy a picturesque drive to Johannesburg, Belvedere Estate. Travellers have the chance to enjoy a delicious cultural braai served by the estate – This is optional and would have to be booked through your guide.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Belvedere Estate
Facilities: Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Palapye to Johannesburg ±560 km
Optional Activity Dinner Out Belvedere Estate
Border Post: Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00. South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 (0) 14 767 1019, Open: 08h00-18h00.

Day 23

Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

We depart from Johannesburg early today, journeying through the Mpumalanga province on our way to the magnificent Kruger National Park. Once you’ve settled in, you will be briefed on what lies ahead on your journey. An opportunity to take an optional sunset drive is made available this afternoon however booking is essential.

Accommodation Camp: Nkambeni Reserve
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Reserve ±480 km
Optional Activity: Sundowner Game Drive (Subject to Availability)

Day 24 - 25

Kruger National Park, South Africa

This morning we make our entrance into the world famous Kruger National Park, where we head off for an afternoon game drive. The entire day is spent game viewing from the advantageous height of our magnificent vehicle. The evening is free to take an optional sunset game drive. The following day we wake up early in the morning to make our way along the Panorama Route. An optional morning walk is made available for those wanting an earlier start to the day. Admiring the beautiful views at the Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window and Bourkes Luck Potholes.

Accommodation Camp: Nkambeni Reserve or Timbavati Safari Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kruger National Park
Activity Package: Kruger National Park 4×4 game drive
Included Highlights: Panorama Route – Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Pilgrims Rest, Game drive in truck
Optional Activity: Sundowner Drive (Subject to Availability), Morning Bush Walk (Subject to Availability)

Nomad Kruger National Park

Day 26

Swaziland – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

We will go on a final game drive today, as we leave the Kruger. After this, we drive to Swaziland, taking breaks en route at a fascinating local market. Swaziland is a landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. Our evening will be spent in the Mlilwane Nature Conservation. Exploring the region on foot, this gives you the chance to enjoy the scenery as well as the wildlife; there are no dangerous predators here.

Accommodation Camp: Hlane or Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Mbuluzi Game Lodge 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kruger to Mlilwane ±230 km (in addition approx 150km in Kruger)
Included Activity: Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Border Post: South Africa: Jeppes Reef, Tel: + 27(0)13 781 0382, Open: 07h00-20h00 Swaziland: Matsamo, Tel: +268 323 2137, Open: 07h00-20h00

Day 27

Isimangaliso, Greater St Lucia Park, South Africa

This morning we enjoy a morning hike before departing from Swaziland. We go on a scenic drive near the turquoise Indian Ocean coast, re-entering South Africa.Reaching iSimangaliso Wetland Park there are a variety of optional activities on offer here  such as mountain biking and visiting the Chief’s traditional village are a few to mention. This UNESCO recognised region is extremely diverse and includes lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands that altogether support an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life. The afternoon is free to partake in a Zulu Cultural experience where you will be taught basic Zulu language and enjoy a local beer made from the local Ilala Palm.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Shonalanga
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Mlilwane to St. Lucia ±335 km
Included Highlight: Nature Walk, Zulu Cultural Evening
Optional Activity: Mountain Biking, Swazi Cultural Excursion or Morning Game Drive – all in Mlilwane
Border Post: South Africa: Golela Border Post, Tel: +27(0)34 435 1070 Open: 07h00-22h00 Swaziland: Lavumisa Town Board, Tel: +268 20 790 93, Open: 07h00-22h00

Nomad iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Day 28

Hluhluwe – Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

In the morning we travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for a game drive in open 4×4 vehicles. The park is the only conservation area managed by the state in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, where all the Big Five can be found. The park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world, due to conservation efforts. We return to camp for a quick freshen up before climbing aboard for our delightful boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Shonalanga
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: St. Lucia to Durban ±240 km
Activity Package: Hluhluwe Game Drive, St. Lucia Boat Cruise

Day 29

Durban, South Africa

We reach the lively city of Durban today- South Africa’s most famous surfing spot. We will spend our night in the centre of the city, giving you the chance to taste the Indian cuisine and enjoy this coastal city’s vibrant nightlife.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Garden Court South Beach Hotel
Facilities En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: St. Lucia to Durban ±240 km
Optional Activity: Dinner out

Day 30 - 31

Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, South Africa

We drive away from the beautiful beaches of KwaZulu-Natal and travel inland to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg, or Royal Natal National Park, part of the huge and incredibly scenic Drakensberg escarpment. The Drakensberg Mountains is comprised of South Africa’s highest and most incredible mountains. We explore the mountain trails and take our time to enjoy the breathtaking sights in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg (Royal Natal) National Park. On our second day, we go for a guided hike to see some of the renowned San rock paintings.

Accommodation Camp: Monks Cowl
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route Durban to Drakensberg ±265 km
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls, Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Nomad Drakensburg Budget Tour

Day 32 - 33

Lesotho – Malealea, Lesotho

Today we will make our entrance into the incredible mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Passing through the Golden Gate National Park before reaching our destination in the afternoon. Lesotho is one of the world’s highest countries, lying over 1000m above sea level. The following day we wake up early and are given an opportunity to partake in an optional Pony Trekking Excursion through the secluded hills of Lesotho, accompanied by local guides. On your way back to our camping site, the group will visit the local village and school. You can also choose to remain at the lodge and relax, or experience an optional shorter ride.

Accommodation Camp: Malealea Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge ±370 km
Included Highlight: Drive through Golden Gate, Morning hike, Lesotho Village Visit
Optional Activity: Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options
Border Post: South Africa: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 (0) 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs Lesotho: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +266 22 313 796, Open: 24hrs

Day 34

South Africa – Graaff Reinet, South Africa

Making our way back to South Africa, we journey across the mountaneous regions to the Great Karoo. This area is the heartland of the rural Southern Africa. Camp this evening is set in the historical town of Graaff-Reinet, known to be the fourth oldest town in the country.  Crossing the Orange River today we journey through the countryside making our way to the Karoo. You have the opportunity to enjoy an optional sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation this evening.

Accommodation: Camp: Profcon Resort
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Malealea to Graaff Reinet
Optional Activity: Valley of Desolation sundowner tour
Border Post: Lesotho: Vanrooyenshek, Tel: +27 51 583 1525, Open: 06h00-22h00. South Africa: Vanrooyenshek, Tel: +27 51 583 1516, Open: 06h00-22h00

Day 35 - 36

Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

This morning we are joined by a local guide where you will be introduced to the historical highlights of Graaf-Reinet before setting course for the Addo Elephant National Park. This exclusive Eastern Cape Nature Reserve is home to one of the densest populations of African elephants in the world. This park is just as much a marine park as it is a land park, giving you the opportunity to spot the ‘Big Seven’ (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark). Enjoy an optional sundowners game drive in an open 4×4 vehicle present itself this afternoon.

Accommodation: Camp: Kudu Ridge Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Graaff Reinet to Addo ±135 km
Activity Package: Graaff Reinet Historical Tour
Included Highlight: Half-Day Game Drive in Addo NP in the truck
Optional Activity: Addo Elephant National Park Sundowner Drive

Day 37 - 38

Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

After a final early morning game drive, we leave this incredible Park behind and have a brief stop at the surfing city, Jeffreys Bay – Famous for its waves and quaint surfing museum. In the afternoon we reach Tsitsikamma. The name means ‘place of abundant water’ and it is comprised of extensive forests, stretching towards the coastline and up to the mountains of Tsitsikamma. Here, you can spot the most wonderful tropical birds and plant life. The first few hours will be spent participating in the famous Otter Trail Hike. The next day is free to explore the Storm River village and for the adrenaline seekers, the nearby Bloukrans Bridge offers the world’s highest bungee jump at 216m!

Accommodation: Camp: Tube n Axe or Khoi San Village 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Addo National Park to Tsitsikamma ±210 km
Included Highlight: Morning game drive in Addo in truck, stop in the surfing town of Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park entrance
Optional Activity: Treetop Canopy Tours

Day 39

Heart of the Garden Route, South Africa

We will travel to Plettenberg Bay today, where you have time to relax or explore Knysna – one of South Africa’s most popular coastal towns. The afternoon can be spent enjoying the optional activities on offer. The afternoon is spent on the stunning beaches of Keurbooms Lagoon.

Accommodation: Camp: Dunes Lodge or  Fairy Knowe Hotel
Facilities:En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Tsitsikamma to Plettenberg Bay ±70 km
Included Highlight: Morning Visit to Natures Valley and Afternoon at Leisure on Keurbooms Beach
Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town, Dinner out

Day 40

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Today we travel through the wonderful Outeniqua Mountains near Oudtshoorn, where we visit the world-famous Cango Caves. The caves are comprised of outstanding halls and grand limestone constructions. A local guide will tell you everything you’d like to know about this 4 kilometre extensive cave system.

Accommodation: Camp: Kleinplaas Resort or De Oude Meul
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn ±150 km
Activity Package: Cango Caves Heritage Tour
Optional Activities: Ocean Safari, Township Tour, Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching (in Season)

Day 41

Oudtshoorn – Paarl, South Africa

Today we will travel along the scenic Route 62 towards Somerset West, and take a possible stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop (which is not a sex shop at all, but rather a fascinating countryside pub). Stellenbosch forms the centre of the Western Cape’s wine area and second oldest European settlement in the Western Province. As this is the last night on tour, we will visit a local restaurant tonight for a traditional dinner.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Le bac Estate
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Oudtshoorn to Paarl  ±380 km
Included Highlight: Ostrich Farm Tour, Stop at Ronnie’s sex shop
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 42

Paarl – Cape Town, South Africa

We start day with the cultural tour of Cape Town from District Six, to the informal settlements of Langa. Most commonly known as the areas of poverty, these areas are also quite vibrant and creative. Enjoy some of the capes finest wines and spend time exploring Stellenbosch. When we arrive in Cape Town this tour will come to an end.

Accommodation Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through us.
Route: Paarl to Cape Town ±75 km
Activity Package:Cape Town Cultural Tour, Cheese and Wine Tasting
Included Highlight: Self-Guided Walk through Stellenbosch
Optional Activity: 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.

 

42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland Activities

The Activity Package of ZAR 10800(optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Wine tasting ZAR 70
  • Guided desert walk with local expert ZAR 370
  • Himba Tribe visit ZAR 450
  • Okavango Delta drive in excursion ZAR 5 040
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise ZAR 590
  • Chobe National Park game drive ZAR 590
  • Victoria Falls National Park entry ZAR 540
  • Cape Town cultural township tour ZAR 580
  • Cheese and wine tasting ZAR 70
  • Cango Caves basic tour ZAR 140
  • Graaff Reinet historical tour ZAR 360
  • Hluhluwe game drive ZAR 760
  • St Lucia boat cruise ZAR 440
  • 4x4 Game drive in Kruger National Park ZAR 800


Other Activities

  • Half Day Canoe Adventure (Min 4 pax) South Africa From ZAR250 to ZAR 300
  • 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
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant Namibia From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Bushman Walk Botswana From BWP80 to BWP90
  • Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person Botswana Clients Discretion
  • Photo Safari Botswana From $120 to $360
  • 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
  • Dinner Out Belvedere Estate
  • Evening Game Drive excl Conservation Fees South Africa From ZAR 760 to ZAR800
  • Evening Game Drive – Nkambeni Reserve in open 4×4 South Africa From ZAR 760 to ZAR800
  • Game drive – Mlilwane (min 2 clients) Swaziland From ZAR 250 to ZAR280
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant South Africa From ZAR80 to ZAR150
  • Pony Trekking excursion (Waterfall Trek) 4Hrs Lesotho From ZAR 250 to ZAR530
  • Hiking – Lesotho (per hour) Lesotho From ZAR20
  • World Highest Bungee Jump South Africa From ZAR 790 to ZAR990
  • Treetop / Canopy Tour (2.5/3hrs) excludes DVD South Africa From ZAR 525 to ZAR625
  • Blackwater Tubing (Half Day) South Africa From ZAR475 to ZAR525
  • Dinner Out Wilderness South Africa From ZAR150 to ZAR200
  • Birds of Eden Entrance South Africa From ZAR 190 to ZAR210
  • Monkey Town Entrance South Africa From ZAR 190 to ZAR210
  • Dinner Out Somerset West South Africa From ZAR80 to ZAR150
Price subject to change

 

42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland Dates

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42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer 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.

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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R45,770 R43,795

+ Single Supplement (Optional) ZAR 3650

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 10800

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