42 Day Nairobi to Vic Falls Camping Tour

Tour Details

Tour Style Camping Top Pick
Length 42 days
Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Starts Nairobi
Ends Victoria Falls
Group Size Min 1 Max 22
Age Range 15+ Years and Older
Tour SKU CAM0142
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What You'll Experience

  • Nairobi
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Kampala
  • Kalinzu Forest National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Gorilla Trekking (permit included)
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Jinja
  • Kericho Tea Plantation Visit
  • Masai Mara
  • Loita Hills
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti
  • Mto wa Mbu
  • Lushoto (Usambara Mountains)
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Zanzibar
  • Stone Town
  • Zanzibar Beaches
  • Mikumi National Park
  • Iringa
  • Lake Malawi
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Petauke
  • Lusaka
  • Harare
  • Masvingo
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Bulawayo
  • Matobo National Park
  • Victoria Falls

Why You'll Love this Tour

This 42-day in-depth journey from Kenya to Zimbabwe is a great way to discover everything East and Sourthern Africa have to offer. A journey filled with vibrant landscapes, local communities and the renowned African wildlife will take you from the fragrant delights of Zanzibar's spice plantations to the cascading beauty of Victoria Falls. Sunbathe on some of the most breathtaking freshwater beaches in Malawi. Explore the natural wonders and colourful cultures of this amazing region while viewing elephants in Zimbabwe, lions in the Serengeti, and tracking gorillas in Uganda (permits included).

Tour Price

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Included

  • 39 breakfasts, 28 lunches, 34 dinners
  • Camping (with facilities) (32 nights), Hotel (3 night), Hotel with shared facilities (1 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Bunglow (2 nights)
  • Overland vehicle, 4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Minibus facilities) (4 nights), Hotel with shared facilities (1 night)
  • 2 Experienced Crew
  • Lake Nakuru - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Lake Nakuru - Morning Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Bwindi National Park - Mountain Gorilla Permit & Trek
  • Kericho - Tea plantation visit
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Loita Hills - Maasai Village Visit
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Full Day 4x4 Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner
  • Irente - Lushoto hike
  • Irente - Local lunch
  • Mikumi National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Dawn Game Drive
  • South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Evening Game Drive
  • South Luangwa - Anti-Poaching Jewelery Project
  • Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe Ruins guided visit
  • Matobo National Park - Rhino Tracking, Park Visit & San Rock Paintings

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • All optional activities
  • Sleeping bag and pillows
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • Laundry
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in the Tour Price

  • Lake Nakuru - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Lake Nakuru - Morning Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Bwindi National Park - Mountain Gorilla Permit & Trek
  • Kericho - Tea plantation visit
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Loita Hills - Maasai Village Visit
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Full Day 4x4 Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Mto wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner
  • Irente - Lushoto hike
  • Irente - Local lunch
  • Mikumi National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
  • South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Dawn Game Drive
  • South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Evening Game Drive
  • South Luangwa - Anti-Poaching Jewelery Project
  • Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe Ruins guided visit
  • Matobo National Park - Rhino Tracking, Park Visit & San Rock Paintings


Other Activities

Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense 

  • Nairobi - City Experience Urban Adventure - USD55
  • Kalinzu Forest - Chimp trek - USD150
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kazinga Channel boat cruise - USD30
  • Kisoro - Trek With Golden Monkeys Permit & Guide (from price) - USD250
  • Kisoro - Rwanda Day Excursion - From - USD75
  • Kisoro - Batwa Village Visit - USD35
  • Kisoro - Coffee Farm Tour - USD35
  • Jinja - River Nile whitewater rafting (full day) - USD140
  • Jinja - Nile Boat Cruise - USD40
  • Jinja - Source of River Nile tour - USD45
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Balloon ride (from price) - USD625
  • Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price) - USD745
  • Stone Town Tour - Dharajani Market, Joseph's Cathederal, Palace Museum, Forodhani Food Market - USD20
  • Zanzibar - Prison Island Tour - USD25
  • Stone Town - Handicraft & Music Urban Adventure - USD50
  • Zanzibar - Spice tour - USD25
  • Zanzibar - Snorkelling - USD50
  • Zanzibar - Dhow Trip - USD35
  • Stone Town - Culinary Urban Adventure - USD29
  • Lake Malawi - Guided village walks - USD15
  • Lake Malawi - Pedalos - USD25
  • Lake Malawi - Canoe Hire - USD10
  • Lake Malawi - Bike Hire - USD25
  • South Luangwa National Park - Game Walk - USD50
  • Balawayo - Natural History Museum - USD10
  • Bulawayo - Railway Museum - USD5
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls entrance - USD50
  • Victoria Falls - Canoe trail (full day) - USD185
  • Victoria Falls - Flying fox - USD50
  • Victoria Falls - Gorge swing - USD103
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter Flight of the Angels (12 mins - Excludes US$25 fuel surcharge and NP fees) - USD150
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter Flight (25 mins - Excludes US$30 fuel surcharge and NP fees) - USD284
  • Victoria Falls - Rafting & river boarding (half day) - USD218
  • Victoria Falls - Village & township tour - USD61
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (full day) - USD130
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (half day) - USD130

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya

Greetings and welcome to Kenya! Your adventure kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Feeling restless beforehand? Explore Nairobi’s vibrant energy! Unwind at a great bar or restaurant, browse markets for essentials and local treasures, or discover regional arts and crafts. In the evening, consider joining your fellow adventurers for an optional group dinner to bond before the journey unfolds.

Meals: No meals included on this day
Accommodation: Hotel
Optional Activities: Nairobi – City Experience Urban Adventure – USD55
Please Note: Don’t miss the welcome meeting – it’s your key to a smooth start in Nairobi! We’ll collect some quick info and your trip leader will be there to answer any questions you have. Plus, you’ll get insider tips on staying safe and navigating the city like a pro. Ask reception or check the lobby for the exact location – see you there!

Stay street smart in Nairobi! Petty theft can target newcomers, but our welcome meeting has you covered. Your trip leader will share essential safety hacks – think hidden money belts, smart bag placement, and savvy navigation. Knowing where to go (and what to avoid) is key, so don’t miss these insider tips!

Day 2: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Prepare to be wowed! As you journey northwest to Lake Nakuru National Park, soak in the panoramic vistas of the Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, and Elementaita. Nestled within the Great Rift Valley, the park awaits your arrival. You’ll have time for a thrilling evening game drive along the lakeshore before settling in. Lake Nakuru National Park, a compact haven surrounding the lake, offers prime wildlife viewing opportunities. Alongside possibilities of encountering the Big Five, this park boasts a thriving rhino population, making it an ideal location to capture unforgettable photos of these majestic creatures.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades and Wifi are not available.
Included Activities: Lake Nakuru – Overland Vehicle Game Drive
Travel Time: ± 4 hours

Day 3: Eldoret, Kenya

Fuel up with a sunrise cup of tea or coffee before another exciting adventure – a morning game drive in the park! Return to camp for a delicious brunch, then head northwest to Eldoret, a Kenyan town on the rise. Nicknamed a “training ground for champions” due to its high altitude, Eldoret is a breeding ground for Kenya’s legendary runners. Tonight, savor a traditional dinner at your campsite just outside the bustling town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Included Activities: Lake Nakuru – Morning Overland Vehicle Game Drive
Travel Time: ± 6 hours

Day 4: Kampala, Uganda

Bid farewell to Kenya today as you embark on a journey to landlocked Uganda, with its vibrant capital, Kampala, as your final destination. Uganda, boasting a population exceeding 30 million and rich cultural tapestry, is one of the five nations forming the East African Community. To ensure a comfortable journey after a long day on the road, we’ll forego camp setup and stay at a hotel instead. Following dinner prepared by the hotel’s chefs, unwind and recharge for the adventures ahead.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel with shared facilities
Border Crossing: This may cause some delays in the travel time
Travel Time: ±10 hours

Day 5: Kalinzu Forest, Uganda

Head out to Kalinzu Forest National Park today! This lush paradise is teeming with primates like chimps, black and white colobuses, and baboons, alongside red-tailed monkeys, duikers of both blue and red varieties, bushbucks, waterbucks, giant forest hogs, and even the mighty buffalo and elephant. Upon arrival, set up camp and unwind – perhaps explore your new digs with your fellow adventurers!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Travel Time: ± 9 hours

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Choose your adventure this morning! Embark on the optional chimpanzee trek in Kalinzu Forest and witness these fascinating creatures frolicking in the trees. Alternatively, relax in your tent and soak in the sights and sounds of the vibrant forest. Later, we’ll take a short journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. After setting up camp, you can choose to unwind on a scenic boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, teeming with pelicans, eagles, and a plethora of other birds, alongside a thriving population of hippos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Optional Activities: Kalinzu Forest – Chimp trek – USD150, Queen Elizabeth – Kazinga Channel boat cruise – USD30

Day 7: Kisoro, Uganda

Depart from Queen Elizabeth National Park today and head towards Uganda’s southwestern corner. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, buffalo, Ugandan kobs, and waterbucks on this exciting game drive. Your final destination is Kisoro, nestled where Uganda meets Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This town serves as your gateway to encounter seven different gorilla groups residing in Mgahinga, Nkuringo, Rushaga, and Nshongi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Included Activities: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Overland Vehicle Game Drive
Travel Time: ± 7 hours

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking, Uganda

Embark on a thrilling gorilla trek alongside a local ranger and trackers, navigating the rugged terrain of Bwindi National Park. Strictly controlled for the gorillas’ well-being, only eight visitors encounter each habituated family per day, minimizing disruption and disease transmission. Tracking through the dense forest can be challenging – expect muddy paths, uneven terrain, and humidity. But the reward? An unforgettable hour observing a habituated gorilla group, led by a majestic silverback. Witness these gentle giants as they eat, sleep, groom, and play, their behaviors mirroring our own in ways that will leave you spellbound. Prepare for a moderately strenuous hike of up to four hours, with the payoff being an intimate encounter you’ll never forget.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Included Activities: Bwindi National Park – Mountain Gorilla Permit & Trek
Travel Time: This varies depending on which gorilla group you will visit
Please Note: Level up your gorilla trek with a local porter! For just $20 (plus optional tip), you can lighten your load and support conservation efforts. These porters aren’t just muscle – many are ex-poachers who now see the value of protecting these incredible creatures. Plus, a walking stick is included, making your trek through the rainforest comfortable and unforgettable.

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking, Uganda

Didn’t snag that gorilla encounter yesterday? No worries! You will have the opportunity today to go see these majestic primates. If you did trek the gorillas yesterday, then today’s a free day, and your leader’s got your back with activity options around Kisoro. Explore the rainforest on another monkey-filled hike, take a nature walk and soak in the scenery, or even venture across the border (Rwanda or East African visa required!) for a poignant visit to the genocide memorial, the art museum, and the empowering Nyamirambo Women’s Center.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Included Activities: Bwindi National Park – Mountain Gorilla Permit & Trek (if you missed the trek yesterday)
Optional Activities: Kisoro – Trek With Golden Monkeys Permit & Guide (from price) – USD250, Kisoro – Rwanda Day Excursion – From – USD75, Kisoro – Batwa Village Visit – USD35, Kisoro – Coffee Farm Tour – USD35
Travel Time: This varies depending on which gorilla group you will visit
Please Note: Joining an optional activity will require an additional transportation cost of approximately USD150, which can be shared among up to 5 travelers.
To guarantee your spot on the Golden Monkeys Trek, we recommend pre-booking this service. While you can wait and try to book this locally upon arrival to potentially find a better price, keep in mind that this is a popular activity with limited availability.
The price of the Rwanda day excursion depends on the number of travelers. The van will cost USD480 and can accommodate up to 6 people. Entrance fees and tipping are not included in this price.

Day 10: Mbarara, Uganda

Bid farewell to the gorillas and turn back towards the bustling capital, Kampala. We’ll break up the journey with an overnight stay in the town of Mbarara. While Mbarara may not offer a plethora of activities, it provides a perfect opportunity to unwind at camp after an eventful gorilla encounter. Alternatively, feel free to explore the town at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Travel Time: ±6 hours

Day 11 – 12: Jinja, Uganda

Keep exploring Uganda today as you venture inland towards Jinja. This riverside gem boasts dual titles: a tranquil retreat at the source of the Nile and Uganda’s adventure capital! Tonight, unwind at a picturesque riverside campsite and recharge for the exciting adventures that await tomorrow. You will spend 2 nights to here to explore and and do activities at your own pace, or simply just relax with the sound of nature at your side.

Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x1, Dinner x2
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Optional Activities: Jinja – River Nile whitewater rafting (full day) – USD140, Jinja – Nile Boat Cruise – USD40, Jinja – Source of River Nile tour – USD45
Travel Time: ±7 hours
Please Note: There is a minimum of four travellers needed to run the Source of the Nile boat cruise.

Day 13: Kericho, Kenya

Time to say goodbye to Uganda! We’ll head back to Kenya and Nairobi, with a stopover for the night in the charming town of Kericho. Nestled amidst rolling hills blanketed by verdant tea plantations and evergreens, Kericho is a breath of fresh air. Known for its vast tea estates and bordering the South-Western Mau National Reserve, this town offers a tranquil escape. Upon arrival, we’ll delve into the world of tea with a visit to a local plantation, where you’ll learn the fascinating process of tea farming straight from the experts.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Included Activities: Kericho – Tea plantation visit
Travel Time: ± 9 hours

Day 14: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Embark on a scenic drive to the legendary Masai Mara National Park this morning. Along the way, we’ll stop at Loita Hills, a place steeped in Maasai tradition. Here, a warm welcome awaits at Tepesua Village, where Maasai warriors will greet you with vibrant song and dance. Mingle with your Maasai hosts and gain captivating insights into their ancient culture through a fascinating talk. We’ll then take a walk to a nearby community village established for widows who lost their cattle during droughts and are unable to remarry. This inspiring project, the Tepesua Widows Income Project, empowers these women by providing support, safety, and economic opportunities through crafting handicrafts and eco-friendly handbags and backpacks. Afterward, continue the journey to the Masai Mara, the quintessential African paradise. Encompassing vast, open plains under dramatic skies, this reserve is a haven for the world’s most iconic wildlife. As evening approaches, embark on an exciting 4×4 game drive led by expert local guides, where you’ll witness this diverse ecosystem teeming with incredible animals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Included Activities: Masai Mara National Reserve – 4×4 Game Drive, Loita Hills – Maasai Village Visit
Travel Time: ±8 hours

Day 15: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Dive deep into the Masai Mara National Reserve today with expert local guides on a thrilling all-day 4×4 game drive. Explore this diverse landscape and witness the abundance of wildlife that calls it home.

For an unforgettable experience, consider adding a pre-booked sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Mara. Before dawn breaks, you’ll be whisked away to the launch site for a safety briefing with your pilot. Ascend into the magical dawn sky, sometimes skimming the treetops for incredible photo opportunities. Soar higher and witness the vastness of the plains come alive with the early morning movements of countless animals. Upon landing, a delicious bush breakfast awaits before returning to camp, hearts full of memories.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Included Activities: Masai Mara National Reserve – Full Day 4×4 Game Drive
Optional Activities: Baloon Ride over the Masai Mara – USD625
Please Note: To guarantee your spot on the thrilling balloon ride, we recommend pre-booking this service.
While you can wait and try to book this locally upon arrival to potentially find a better price, keep in mind that this is a popular activity with limited availability.
Participating in the balloon ride will mean missing the included morning game drive. Please speak to your experienced crew if you’re interested in booking a balloon ride.

Day 16: Nairobi, Kenya

Today we pack up and continue our journey to Nairobi driving along the great rift valley. Meet new people and enjoy a dinner out with your fellow travellers.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Travel Time: ±8 hours
Please Note: It is possible that the composition of your group may change at this location since this is a combination trip. A group meeting will be held to discuss your itinerary’s next stage and to meet your new travel companions at 6 pm.

Day 17: Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania

Rise and shine! Today, we set off for Mto wa Mbu in our overland truck. Remember your passport, as we’ll be crossing the border from Kenya into Tanzania. To gear up for the next leg of our adventure, we’ll make a pit stop at an ATM and a market for any supplies you might need. Our final destination is Mto wa Mbu, a charming little village off the beaten path. Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of small-town Tanzanian life!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Travel Time: ±10 hours
Please Note: It is recommended that local currency is used for any upgrades or purchases.

Day 18: Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti, Tanzania

Buckle up for an unforgettable adventure! Rise and shine early to pack your camping gear and essentials into our six-seater jeep. Today, we embark on a thrilling expedition into the heart of the Serengeti, with a stop at the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater. Prepare to be mesmerized by this perfectly intact volcanic caldera as we spend 3-4 hours exploring its rich tapestry of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras, and hippos – with over 30,000 animals calling the crater floor home, year-round game viewing is phenomenal, and the photo opportunities are unparalleled. After our crater adventure, we’ll continue our journey to the vast plains of the Serengeti. Witness this quintessential African landscape, transformed by the seasons – lush and green after the rains, or brown and burnt during the dry period. Home to thousands of grazing herbivores and stealthy predators, the Serengeti is a true marvel. Tonight, we set up camp within the park itself, where you can drift off to sleep surrounded by the sounds of the nocturnal wilderness.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities 
Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater – 4×4 Game Drive, Serengeti National Park – 4×4 Game Drive
Please Note: Tonight’s camp has basic facilities, limited running water, and lack of upgrades or Wifi. Your accommodation in the Serengeti National Park will be a true wilderness experience. Here, fences won’t separate you from the incredible wildlife – buffalo and hyenas might even visit the camp after dark! Your leader will provide a comprehensive safety briefing upon arrival to ensure everyone’s well-being.
On a different note, you might come across Maasai villages offering cultural experiences near the Ngorongoro Crater. We discourages visiting these, as they can negatively affect both the Maasai culture and travelers’ perceptions by presenting an inauthentic and artificial experience.

Day 19: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Seize the day with a sunrise game drive! Witness the unparalleled activity of animals in the early morning light. Return to camp for a delicious brunch around 11 am. Following the lead of the wildlife, take a midday break to relax and recharge. As the day cools, embark on another captivating game drive, returning in time for a satisfying dinner.

For an unforgettable experience, consider swapping out part of today’s game drives for a pre-booked sunrise hot air balloon safari. Before dawn breaks, we’ll whisk you away to the launch site for a safety briefing with your pilot. Soar through the magical dawn, sometimes skimming the treetops for incredible photo opportunities. Ascend higher to witness the vastness of the plains teeming with animals awakening for the day. After landing, a luxurious bush breakfast awaits before returning to camp, memories forever etched in your mind.

Meals: Dinner, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities
Included Activities: Serengeti National Park 4×4 Game Drive
Optional Activities: Serengeti Hot Air Baloon Ride from USD745
Please note: To guarantee your spot on the thrilling balloon ride, we recommend pre-booking this service.
While you can wait and try to book this locally upon arrival to potentially find a better price, keep in mind that this is a popular activity with limited availability.
Participating in the balloon ride will mean missing the included morning game drive. Please speak to your experienced crew if you’re interested in booking a balloon ride.

Day 20: Serengeti National Park – Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania

Greet the sunrise with one last Serengeti game drive, leaving the vast plains in your wake. Hop back on your overland vehicle and head towards Mto wa Mbu. Upon setting up camp, join the local community for a guided walk around their farms, milling machines, and homes. This immersive experience allows you to peek into their daily life and connect with the land. Afterwards, savor a delicious local dinner in town. Time permitting, you might even get a glimpse into culinary traditions with a local cooking demonstration!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Included Activities: Serengeti National Park 4×4 Game Drive, Mto wa Mbu village walk and local dinner

Day 21: Usambara Mountains, Tanzania

Buckle up for a scenic journey to the Usambara Mountains! We’ll make a quick pitstop in Arusha to stretch your legs and stock up on supplies. Afterward, relax and take in the ever-changing scenery as you travel. Perhaps get lost in a good book, chat with your fellow adventurers, or simply enjoy the ride.

Our destination is Lushoto, a charming town nestled in the highlands at roughly 1400 meters. Founded as a German colony, it’s also the heartland of the Wasambaa people. Tonight, we’ll camp on the grounds of one of Africa’s oldest hotels, adding a touch of history to your adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Travel Time: ±10 hours

Day 22: Usambara Mountains, Tanzania

Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the Usambara Mountains today. This hidden gem of Tanzania offers a refreshing escape from the usual tourist trail. While the surrounding rainforests and majestic mountains are breathtaking, the true treasures here lie in the local people and villages. Experience genuine Tanzanian hospitality as you visit charming local communities. From your base, embark on a scenic hike to the unforgettable Irente viewpoint. Pack a daypack with water and snacks for this adventure! On your return journey, delve into local culture with a visit to a fascinating cultural project nestled on an Irente farm, where you’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Included Activities: Irente – Lushoto hike and local lunch

Day 23: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Bid farewell to the Usambara Mountains as we descend towards the captivating coastal town of Kipepeo Beach in Dar es Salaam. Your beachfront campsite awaits! After settling in, why not take a refreshing stroll along the shore and soak in the coastal vibes? Get ready for some island vibes!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Travel Time: ±9 hours

Day 24: Zanzibar / Stone Town, Tanzania

Board a ferry and set sail for Zanzibar, Africa’s famed “Spice Island”! Pristine white-sand beaches, labyrinthine cobblestone alleys, and vibrant bazaars paint a picture of paradise. Zanzibar boasts a rich and colorful history, having witnessed everything from slave traders to Arabian sultans and fruit exporters. Traditional dhows gliding along the coast evoke a sense of timelessness.

Upon arrival, delve into the heart of Stone Town, the historic center of Zanzibar’s main city. Explore its captivating maze of markets, shops, mosques, palaces, and hidden courtyards on foot alongside a knowledgeable local guide. Immerse yourself in the daily rhythms of Zanzibar life, savoring the island’s delectable local cuisine.

As the sun dips below the horizon, unwind at a seafront bar with a refreshing drink or indulge in a delectable seafood meal at a local restaurant. Tonight, you’ll rest comfortably in a basic inn within the heart of Stone Town.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Optional Activities: Stone Town Tour – Dharajani Market, Joseph’s Cathederal, Palace Museum, Forodhani Food Market – USD20, Zanzibar – Prison Island Tour – USD25, Stone Town – Handicraft & Music Urban Adventure – USD50
Please Note: Similar to other parts of this combination trip, the group composition might change upon arrival in Zanzibar. This means you’ll meet new fellow travellers and have a chance to connect during a group meeting to discuss the next leg of your itinerary. It’s important to note that the Zanzibar portion might exceed the usual maximum group size of 22 due to overlapping trip schedules starting and ending there.
Even though Zanzibar is part of Tanzania, you will need to take your passport with you to Zanzibar as you will receive a stamp in your passport for Zanzibar.

Day 25: Zanzibar Northern Beaches, Tanzania

After checking out of your Stone Town accommodation, spice up your day with an optional guided tour of the island’s spice plantations! Unveil the history of Zanzibar’s thriving spice trade as you explore these aromatic havens. Engage your senses by smelling and tasting a variety of spices, from the familiar warmth of cinnamon to the sweet allure of vanilla and the invigorating kick of ginger. You’ll even get to sample teas infused with these very spices! After a delicious lunch, swap the bustling town for the serenity of the Northern Beaches. Here, the Indian Ocean unfolds in all its glory, beckoning you with pristine white sands and sparkling turquoise waters. Paradise awaits!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalow
Optional Activities: Zanzibar Spice Tour – USD25
Please Note: If you choose not to book the Zanzibar spice tour this morning, you will be going directly to the Northern Beaches of Zanzibar with our arranged transport.

Day 26: Zanzibar Northern Beaches, Tanzania

Relax, you’re on holiday! Your options are wide open, so why not chat with your leader for some personalized recommendations? Explore the vibrant coral reefs teeming with exotic fish on a snorkeling adventure. Alternatively, set sail on a traditional dhow boat, experiencing Zanzibar from a sailor’s perspective. Perhaps indulge in a delectable lunch of freshly grilled local seafood, or simply unwind in a hammock beneath a swaying coconut palm tree, book in hand. The choice is yours – create memories that will last a lifetime!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bungalow
Included Activities: Zanzibar – Snorkelling – USD50, Zanzibar – Dhow Trip – USD35

Day 27: Zanzibar / Stone Town, Tanzania

Soak up the last rays of paradise on the pristine northern beaches this morning. Later, head back to Stone Town for a relaxed afternoon and evening at your own pace. Your incredible leader’s local expertise is a valuable resource – why not ask them for recommendations on where to find “urojo,” a unique and delectable street food made with potatoes and noodles simmered in a flavorful broth infused with turmeric, mango, and more? Alternatively, grab a refreshing sugarcane juice and explore the town’s vibrant atmosphere. Remember, a long journey awaits tomorrow, so make the most of your free time and create lasting memories in Zanzibar!

Meals: There are no meals included on this day.
Accommodation: Hotel
Optional Activities: Stone Town – Handicraft & Music Urban Adventure – USD50, Stone Town – Culinary Urban Adventure – USD29
Please Note: Just like other stages of this exciting combination trip, your travel companions might change today. A welcome meeting will be held to discuss the next leg of your adventure and introduce you to any new travelers joining the group.

Day 28: Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

Rise and shine for an early departure! Catch the 7:30 am ferry back to the mainland and set your sights on Mikumi National Park. The journey of the scenic Tanzanian landscape will keep you captivated. Vast plains dotted with baobab and tamarind trees will stretch before you, and you might even spot some of the park’s resident wildlife – elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, lions, and leopards!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Travel Time: ± 8 hours

Day 29: Iringa, Tanzania

Start the day with an early wake-up call! Today, embark on a thrilling 4×4 game drive in Mikumi National Park, led by expert local guides. This hidden gem boasts impressive numbers of elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, wildebeest, and impalas. Keep your eyes peeled – with a bit of luck, you might even spot a predator or two!

After your wildlife adventure, we’ll hit the road for a scenic drive to Iringa. Our campsite tonight is nestled on the outskirts of this charming town, on the grounds of an old farmhouse. Surrounded by natural bushland, this location is a haven for birdwatchers. As twilight paints the sky, unwind and enjoy the unparalleled stargazing opportunities before turning in for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Included Activities: Mikumi 4×4 Game Drive
Travel Time: ± 5 hours (excluding game drive)

Day 30: Chitimba, Malawi

Buckle up for a journey into the warm heart of Africa, Malawi! Today’s destination is Chitimba. Malawi, aptly nicknamed for its friendly people, boasts a massive lake covering almost a fifth of the country. This lifeblood, Lake Malawi, provides sustenance for many Malawians – fishermen casting their nets, traders hawking their wares, and skilled craftsmen shaping canoes – a scene that comes to life each day as the sun paints the still waters. Keep your eyes peeled for the iconic sight of a fisherman in a “bwato,” a traditional dugout canoe carved from a hollowed tree trunk, a timeless image on the vast lake. Prepare to be charmed by Malawi’s beauty as we journey towards Chitimba for your overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Travel Time: ± 10 hours (border crossing may delay the travel time)

Day 31: Kande Beach, Malawi

We depart Chitimba and and drive on Kande Beach, a haven on the shores of Lake Malawi. We’ll make a pit-stop at a shop or market along the way for any last-minute supplies you might need. Embrace a slower pace and trade the crowds for tranquility as we spend a few days unwinding on the lake’s peaceful beaches. Your campsite awaits right on the golden shores of Lake Malawi, inviting you to soak up the beauty of this natural wonder.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Optional Activities: Lake Malawi – Guided village walk – USD15
Travel Time: ± 6 hours

Day 32: Kande Beach, Malawi

Enjoy the day at your own leisure. Meet some friendly locals. Chill out on the golden sandy beaches. Go for a swim in the lake. Read a book while lazing in a hammock listening to the gentle sound of waves breaking on the shore. Today is your day to relax and do whatever you desire.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Optional Activities: Lake Malawi – Pedalos – USD25, Lake Malawi – Canoe Hire – USD10, Lake Malawi – Bike Hire – USD25

Day 33: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Today, we journey south through Malawi. Our final destination is South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.  Along the way, we’ll handle border formalities and make a stop at a shop, market, and ATM to ensure you’re stocked up for your Zambian adventure.

South Luangwa National Park is renowned for its incredible wildlife concentrations, with some of the highest numbers in Africa congregating around the Luangwa River and its lagoons. Keep your eyes peeled for colorful birds flitting through the trees and herds of majestic elephants roaming the plains. Prepare to be awestruck by the park’s breathtaking scenery as we make our way to your campsite for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Travel Time: ± 9 hours (border crossing may delay some time)

Day 34: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Rise early for an exhilarating morning game drive in a open 4×4 with a local guide, then head back to the camp for lunch (as this is the hottest part of the day). Return to the park for another Game Drive late this afternoon

Alternatively, an optional village walk is another good option, if you’d like a snapshot of daily life in the local community.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Included Activities: South Luangwa National Park – 4×4 Dawn Game Drive, South Luangwa National Park – 4×4 Evening Game Drive
Optional Activities: South Luangwa National Park – Game Walk – USD50
Please note: The game walk listed is seasonal and is not available all year round.

Day 35: Petauke, Zambia

After breakfast, we head south for Petauke with a stop along the way for a truly inspiring detour. We’ll visit a workshop where talented local craftswomen breathe new life into snare wire, transforming it into beautiful jewelry inspired by the African bush. These women have taken a symbol of destruction and turned it into a force for good. See their purpose-built workshop firsthand and even try your hand at coiling or hammering the wire yourself. Each purchase here contributes to anti-snare patrols, actively protecting the region’s wildlife. Empowered and inspired, we’ll continue our journey to Petauke.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Included Activities: South Luangwa – Anti-Poaching Jewelery Project

Day 36: Lusaka, Zambia

We continue our journey and drive south towards Lusaka. Upon arrival at your campsite, stretch your legs and explore the nearby town! While Lusaka is undergoing rapid development, it has retained its vibrant African character. The friendly locals are always happy to chat, offering a glimpse into the heart of Zambia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Travel Time: ± 6 hours

Day 37: Harare, Zimbabwe

We continue and cross border into Zimbabwe and head for the bustling capital, Harare. Once settled at your campsite, you’ll have free time to explore the town at your own pace. Hit the vibrant markets or shops to stock up on any last-minute souvenirs, and don’t forget to withdraw some Zimbabwean dollars at an ATM.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Travel Time: ± 8 hours (border crossing may delay travel time)
Please note: Harare may not be possible to explore at winter times as daylight hours are limited.

Day 38: Great Zimbabwe Ruins / Masvingo, Zimbabwe

We drive on to Masvingo. This historic town, the country’s oldest colonial settlement, serves as the ideal gateway to explore the captivating ruins of Great Zimbabwe. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient city dates back to the 11th century and is believed to have been a royal seat of power. Dedicate a few hours to unravel its mysteries before settling into your campsite for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Included Activities: Great Zimbabwe Ruins Guided Visit
Travel Time: ± 6 hours

Day 39: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Bulawayo is our next destination. Zimbabwe’s second-biggest city. Nicknamed the “City of Kings”, Bulawayo boasts stunning colonial architecture waiting to be explored. This afternoon is yours to wander the city at your own pace. Mingle with the friendly locals at the bustling markets, or delve into the city’s history at the Natural History Museum and National Art Gallery. The choice is yours!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Optional Activities: Balawayo – Natural History Museum – USD10, Bulawayo – Railway Museum – USD5
Travel Time: ± 6 hours

Day 40: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Buckle up for an unforgettable adventure – tracking rhinos on foot alongside a seasoned guide! Matobo National Park, a haven for black and white rhinos, is teeming with other fascinating creatures. Keep your eyes peeled for klipspringers, leopards, warthogs, and springhares as you learn about their unique adaptations from your expert guide.

This incredible park isn’t just about wildlife. Your knowledgeable guide will also unveil the secrets of the local flora, from the resilience of the wild pear tree to the distinctive paperbark. Prepare to be awestruck by ancient San paintings adorning the dramatic rock formations.

Matobo National Park holds deep spiritual and cultural significance for the local people. You’ll catch glimpses of this heritage as you explore the park, where important ceremonies continue to be held in specific locations.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping with facilities
Included activities: Matobo National Park – Rhino Tracking, Park Visit & San Rock Paintings

Day 41: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Buckle up for a scenic journey towards Victoria Falls, the mighty wonder that awaits us. Victoria Falls, also known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “Smoke that Thunders”, is a breathtaking spectacle – a 1.6-kilometer wide cascade plunging 108 meters into a mesmerizing gorge. A visit to the Falls themselves is an optional activity, but one we highly recommend. The entrance fee to the falls is not included, as groups that book ahead are required to tour the site with a local guide, and we feel that seeing these waterfalls should be an uninterrupted sensory experience. In the wet season, the spray created from this feat of nature can rise 400 metres and can often be seen from kilometres away. Though dry season travellers should not despair! You’ll get an unobstructed view of the falls and the chance to see the islets in the river below. Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Camping with facilities – Upgrades available (subject to availability)
Optional Activities: Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls entrance – USD50
Travel Time: ± 6 hours
Please Note: Similar to other optional activities, we haven’t risk-assessed everything you might come across. For your safety and to ensure responsible travel practices, we only recommend activities listed in the “Optional Activities” section. Our company policy strictly prohibits leaders from facilitating bookings for activities that haven’t been assessed or don’t align with our Responsible Travel values. This includes arranging transportation for these activities.
You may also encounter businesses offering “Walk with the Lions” experiences. We strongly urge all travelers to avoid these activities, as they directly contradict our Responsible Travel policy. While wildlife viewing is a cornerstone of many itineraries, we prioritize observing animals in their natural habitats with the utmost respect. These “Walk with the Lions” experiences often contribute to the captive breeding and canned hunting of lions, which we firmly oppose.

Day 41: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today offers a chance to relax and explore at your own pace, as there aren’t any planned activities. Feel free to leave camp whenever you choose. However, if you’re interested in some of the optional activities available, we recommend booking any departing flights for later in the day to allow enough time. For those who’d like to extend their stay and experience more of Victoria Falls, we’re happy to help arrange additional accommodation, subject to availability, of course.

Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Victoria Falls – Canoe trail (full day) – USD185, Victoria Falls – Flying fox – USD50, Victoria Falls – Gorge swing – USD103, Victoria Falls – Helicopter Flight of the Angels (12 mins – Excludes US$25 fuel surcharge and NP fees) – USD150, Victoria Falls – Helicopter Flight (25 mins – Excludes US$30 fuel surcharge and NP fees) – USD284, Victoria Falls – Rafting & river boarding (half day) – USD218, Victoria Falls – Village & township tour – USD61, Victoria Falls – Whitewater rafting (full day) – USD130, Victoria Falls – Whitewater rafting (half day) – USD130
Please note: Should you wish to stay for longer to explore more of what Vic Falls has on offer, then please speak to your consultant to book an extra night’s accommodation.

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Pre Departure

What are adventure tours?

If you’re a traveller that loves adventure, and you want to immerse yourself in African nature and heritage, our camping and exploration tours are what you need. You will see the beauty of the African landscape and enjoy the hospitality of local residents while travelling on our trips. You will also meet a fantastic group of people who go with you on your tour groups. If your fitness level is excellent, and you are attracted to trekking through dense forests to see mountain gorillas and travelling long distances with nothing to see but a never-ending landscape, then an adventure tour is for you.

What does a typical day look like?

Every day on an adventure tour will give you a new and exciting experience. You will learn fantastic things, like cooking scrumptious meals over a campfire and setting up camp if you don’t know how to do so already.

What you can expect from a camping or accommodated overland tour is an early morning wake up call. You’ll enjoy the breathtaking sights of an African sunrise while sipping on a warm cup of tea or coffee. You’ll have some breakfast before packing up the campsite or checking out of your accommodation if you’ve chosen the comfort traveller package. We’ll then hit the road as a tour group, where you can see the best of nature that Africa has to offer.

On short travel days, we usually arrive at the campsite in the afternoon to enjoy lunch and a planned afternoon activity, such as hiking or a guided nature walk. You can choose to either rest and have a relaxed afternoon or take part in the scheduled activity, which could be a nature walk or a hike. A fantastic aspect of short days is enjoying the sunset – a sight you will find quite memorable. As soon as evening comes, we sit around the campfire as a group to enjoy a hearty dinner and great conversation.

We do our best to arrive at a scheduled destination on time. However, delays can happen. These delays could be caused by wet weather conditions or slow travel as we navigate through tough terrain. Your safety is top of mind for us, so if we delay travel time, we do so to ensure the safety of everyone. Our overland safari vehicles are comfortable and spacious, with enough space for your luggage. All you need is a high level of stamina to power through the long and often bumpy drives from one location to the next.

What type of vehicles do we use?

We drive custom-built and self-sufficient overland trucks on our tours. They are spacious, being able to accommodate your luggage, and safe to navigate through rough and rugged terrain. Our vehicles have large glass windows and comfortable seats with ample leg room. When we need to drive through narrow terrain or on uneven roads, we use smaller 4×4 vehicles.

Distances and road conditions

We want you to enjoy the beautiful natural surrounds of Africa, with nothing but blue skies, warmth and a never-ending landscape while on vacation with us. We do this by covering long distances on our tours, often spending many hours on the road. You can expect a drive of between 350 kilometres and 650 kilometres a day. Bear in mind that we will be travelling mainly on gravel roads or fairly poor tar roads and these will ultimately define the pace.

More detail about our overland vehicles, 4×4 safari vehicles, ferries, minibuses, and mokoros

We have an array of safari vehicles to suit specific group sizes and tours. Our vehicles range from large overland tour trucks to 4×4 safari vehicles and minibuses.

We make sure to maintain our vehicles at our workshops regularly to minimise breakdowns on the road as a safety precaution. We aim to avoid breakdowns at all costs; however, the occasional breakdown can happen while en-route on a trip.

Our overland trucks do not have an air-conditioning system, but they have windows that you can open for fresh air. Each seat in the vehicle has a power socket with a UK/Kenyan 3-prong outlet to charge your electronic devices.

We spend long hours on the road, so when you book your tour, we’ll provide you with the approximate time and distance of the journeys we cover. This information will help you to choose a tour that you would be comfortable doing. Please bear in mind that wet conditions will increase the travel time.

Travelling on a group trip

We understand that group travel is exciting for some while daunting for others. You can be sure that you’ll enjoy an overland safari tour with travellers of different ages and nationalities. Think of it as expanding your social network to make it a memorable experience.

Please note that for privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with details of your group members before departure.

A group will have different personality types, preferences and needs, so please be mindful of navigating the social dynamics with respect and an open mind.

Please make sure that you arrive on time to start the itinerary of the day. Punctuality is respectful to your group members and the tour crew, and it ensures that the tour moves as scheduled.

We design our group trips for shared accommodation, which don’t involve a compulsory single supplement. Same-gendered single travellers will share accommodation, including twin rooms or multi-share dormitories. Accommodation on some of our group trips is booked on a shared mixed gender basis. If you are unsure, please ask your sales consultant for details of accommodation on your chosen tour.

Some trips allow you the option to get private accommodation by booking and paying a single supplement if it is available. The single supplement option only applies during the tour. We will reserve a single room for your pre-trip and post-trip accommodation.

What about children on tour?

The minimum accepted age on our overland tours is 18. We will consider travellers between the ages of 12 and 17 depending on the tour, time of travel and tour availability. Age limits for privately-arranged charter tours will also be assessed based type of tour you choose and the route.

We offer family departures on selected tours, and these are better suited for children aged 12 to 17. The age limit for gorilla trekking tours is 16.

General rules

For the safety of all travellers, we will not tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment between or from travellers or involving our partners, crew or local residents.

We don’t tolerate the use or possession of illegal drugs on our trips. We encourage you to drink responsibly should you choose to consume alcohol during your trip. Please abide by local laws governing alcohol consumption.

We strictly forbid any sexual relations between members of our tour crew and travellers.

We do not tolerate the patronising of sex workers on our tours as this exploits vulnerable communities and undermines the development of sustainable tourism in Africa.

Please note that you agree to adhere to these rules if you travel with us. The tour leader has the right to remove any group member for non-adherence to any of these rules, with no right of refund.

Please let your tour leader know should you feel that any group member is misbehaving while on a trip. You can also contact our emergency number provided in the “problems and emergency contact” list.

Responsible travel

We believe that it is crucial to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local communities and environments that we visit. We always strive to highlight positive aspects and contribute in a meaningful way to the communities and habitats we interact with. Our website has more details on how you can be a responsible traveller.

Important touring tips

 Please take note of these essential touring tips:

  • The itinerary is subject to change as we go through the tour, please view the itinerary as a guide ONLY.
  • Each tour has a vibrant mix of people of different nationalities, heritage and age.
  • Please ensure that you carry light luggage as space in our trucks is limited.
  • We create the tours in a circular route, meaning that where one journey ends, another begins.
  • You won’t have high-end, 5-star luxuries on these tours – you will have an experience of living and working with basic necessities.
  • Most countries in Africa, including Kenya, Uganda and Botswana, have banned plastic bags. Please don’t pack these with your luggage to avoid receiving a fine from authorities.
  • If you are booking 45 days ahead of the departure date, we will need to confirm the availability of a gorilla permit.
  • We can only offer a single supplement if it is available. Please speak to your consultant if you have queries on booking single supplements.

Cape Town water shortage

Cape Town has experienced water shortages due to a severe drought. The city’s municipality reduced the daily water quota to 50 litres. There is a sufficient amount of water for travellers’ essential daily needs, such as personal hygiene and using the toilet.

According to the city’s guidelines, shower times should be no longer than 2 minutes, and using baths is discouraged. Some hotels are using ocean water in their swimming pools, and restaurants have removed meals that require the use of lots of water during preparation from their menus.

Please consider the shortage when planning laundry days within your itinerary. We advise that you follow the water usage instructions of our local suppliers in the city.

DETAILS ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT ON A CAMPING OR ACCOMMODATED TOUR

Camping tours

If going on an African safari adventure to get the full experience of Mother Nature is high on your bucket list, you need to come on a journey with us to enjoy a night’s rest under the stars while listening to the sounds of nature. Don’t underestimate the strength and stamina that you’ll need for a camping safari – an excellent level of fitness will keep you going.

Our camping safaris are better suited for travellers who may prefer to travel in a younger group with an age range of between 18 and 39. You can also choose to travel in a mixed group aged between 18 and 60. We’re more than happy to help you decide on the best tour to book.

During your tour, you will stay in sizeable two-person dome canvas tents which are spacious and can accommodate each person’s luggage. You can also opt to have a private tent, including the single supplement, which is valid on select camping tours.

Your tour leader will teach you how to put up and take down your tent if you’re unsure how to do so. All tents have a door and a window for ventilation. They also have a mosquito net covering and a fly-sheet for the rain. Most camping safaris include a sleeping mat, but please check with us to make sure of this inclusion. Items that you will need to bring include; a sleeping bag, pillow and towel.

The campsites are basic and comfortable, and you will be able to upgrade your accommodation at most of the places we cover if this option is available. Some campsites have flushing ablution and showering facilities, while others offer natural ablutions and makeshift showers. A temporary shower is usually a hosepipe that spurts out cold water. It’s also common for most ablution facilities to not offer toilet paper.

Each tour route is different, so the type and variety of accommodation will be dictated by the route. Some routes have a mixture of campsites and wild camps, while city and town routes have hotels. When we stay in cities and towns, we enjoy local cuisine at the surrounding establishments.

We occasionally stop for a night’s stay in the grounds of a hotel or at a campsite where rooms or cabins may be available. In this case, you could have a choice of camping or upgrading to a room, but please bear in mind that a room cannot be pre-booked. Rooms costs range from US$60 to US$120 per room per night for a twin room. The standards of these rooms vary, so we recommend that you view the room before purchasing the night’s accommodation. The day-by-day itinerary offers advice when upgrades may be possible. These upgrades are subject to availability. Please keep in mind that if we are staying in dormitory accommodation, you’ll need to share these rooms with other travellers of the same sex.

Your tour crew will do most of the work, including driving, cooking and making sure that the trip runs as smooth as possible. We will require you to help with chores on the campsite. Chores will be assigned to group members based on a roster that you and your tour leader create. These chores include helping with food preparation, grocery shopping, washing the dishes, setting up the campsite and your tent, and cleaning out the truck.

Accommodated Tours

If you want to have extra comforts while experiencing the best of African wildlife, then an accommodated safari tour is for you. On these safaris, you can enjoy the surrounds of vast landscapes and the sights of wildlife roaming at your door-step.

We use a variety of accommodation located at each destination for these safaris, including hotels, lodges and permanent safari camps along with more basic accommodations such as bungalows, traditional huts or chalets .

If you’re travelling in pairs, we book a twin room for you. Single travellers get single rooms, including a single supplement. Most of the time in the Southern African region, we stay in one to three-star properties with en-suite bathrooms. Properties in this region are more established and comfortable. Eastern Africa accommodation has en-suite bathrooms and shared bathrooms. Properties in this region range from basic to reasonable and convenient. Overall, accommodation choices are limited because of the remote nature of our tours. This limitation means that you can expect an authentic outback experience.

What will you eat on safari?

Our safari tours will allow you to be creative with food shopping and preparation. You can also learn how to cook great tasting food over an open fire or on the gas stove supplied in the truck.

We stock our vehicles with dry goods at the start of each tour and buy fresh fruits and vegetables daily while on tour. Fresh produce might not always be available during the hot summer months. During this time, we become creative with what we have, like substituting potatoes for rice.

Each camping and accommodated tour includes meals as per the itinerary. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you have the opportunity to enjoy some local cuisine at available markets or restaurants. Tea is served along with coffee and fruit juice with meals, and you can buy alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water at the campsite bar or local stores we find en-route.

We cater for most dietary requirements, including allergies, vegetarian, and lactose intolerance. Other requirements such as gluten-free may be more challenging on remote routes in destinations where starch is a staple food. Please inform us about your specific dietary requirements so that we can advise.

We prepare our meals over an open campfire or on the overland vehicle’s gas stove. All cooking equipment is provided, including pots, pans, cutlery and crockery. We maintain excellent hygiene standards at all times during food preparation and when washing up kitchen equipment. Your tour cook will provide you with a separate washing basin filled with warm, soapy water so that you’re able to wash your hands before and after each meal.

For breakfast, you will enjoy some toast with spreads, cereal, or eggs, pancakes, and tea and coffee. Lunch consists of a sandwich with a healthy salad and assorted fillings, sometimes fruit. There are also opportunities to enjoy local cuisine while on a trip.

Dinner consists of a BBQ, rice dish or a pasta dish, or local cuisine from a market or restaurant.

Treated water that’s safe to drink is available on our overland trucks. We would prefer if you use this water over buying bottled water to minimise plastic waste. Your crew leader will use this treated water for cooking and providing drinks such as tea and coffee at meal times.

When you choose to book an overland trip, this includes your participation in a camping tour. On this tour, you and your group members will be assisting the crew leader with meal preparations. You will also help with grocery shopping. Your designated crew leader will come up with meal ideas and quantities needed for large groups. Your crew leader will draw up a duty roster so that everyone in the group rotates based on the different chores that need to be done. This chore rotation is mainly for groups with 5 to 6 people.

PREPARING FOR YOUR TOUR

Pre-tour accommodation

Please arrive a day before the start day of your tour to catch all the pre-departure meetings. We cover the essential information that you need to know about your trip. Please let us know beforehand of your pre-tour arrival so that we can make the best possible hotel reservation for you.

Packing for your tour

Packing for your tour depends on the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and seasonal times you are travelling. In general, we recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. Make sure that you can carry and lift your luggage, as well as walk with it for short distances.

We recommend that you carry your luggage in a backpack or an overnight bag that has a shoulder strap. These types of bags are convenient to carry. You’ll also need a smaller day bag to take things like a water bottle and your camera.

Each overland vehicle has a passenger safe where you can keep essential items such as money, passports, flight tickets, and credit cards. Your tour leader holds the keys for safekeeping, and they will advise of safety requirements that are in place concerning the safe.

Below are more helpful tips on what you need for your trip.

Essentials to bring include:

  • A sleeping bag and a travel pillow: we recommend that you bring a 3 – 4 season sleeping bag as temperatures dip at night during the winter months in desert and mountainous regions. You can also hire sleeping bags with us. Please contact us 14 days before your departure if you wish to hire one.
  • Closed shoes: we go bushwalking during the trip, so we recommend that you pack comfortable and closed shoes, such as hiking boots. These shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush and grasslands. They will also act as a protective barrier from the bites and stings of dangerous insects and animals found in this environment.
  • Lightweight and warm clothing: you’ll need a mixture of lightweight and warm clothing, as well as long shirts and trousers to help protect you against mosquitoes in malaria areas. Make sure that your clothes are easy to wash and dry, and instead opt for cotton clothing over nylon and other synthetics. Cotton clothing is a lot more comfortable to wear, especially in hot weather. Please do not bring ex-military or military-style clothing and equipment. You can pack jeans, but please bear in mind that they are tough to dry, and you should avoid wearing them when trekking.
  • A waterproof or windproof jacket: This is great to bring for wet days and early morning, or evening game activities when temperatures tend to be low.
  • You can also pack in a warm beanie for morning and evening game drives, as well as sun protection, including a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and towels for personal use.

Recommended items to bring include:

  • A waterproof toiletry bag: it will be useful to bring one that you will be able to hang on a nail on the back of a door.
  • A good quality, high-beam headlamp or torch: these are useful for when there is no power on the campsite, and you need to navigate your way around it. Our trucks carry lamps for meal times.
  • A personal medical kit: your tour leader will have an extensive medical kit, but we recommend that you bring a private medical kit with items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes, antidiarrheal medication, antibacterial gel, wet wipes, insect repellent and bandaids or plasters.
  • A water bottle: we recommend a water bottle that has a capacity of 1.5 litres. Carrying a water bottle helps to decrease the amount of plastic from bottled water.
  • Tech equipment: you can bring a camera with a spare battery or power bank, as well as binoculars.

Optional items to pack include:

  • A sleep sheet: this will increase your level of comfort, especially if you are travelling during the hot months.
  • Thermarest: this you can bring should you want extra comfort in addition to the basic camping mattress provided.
  • Earplugs: this helps if you have a tent mate that snores.
  • A book to read, or a journal to write down your thoughts and experiences during long drives.
  • We would also recommend you bring a small bottle of biodegradable laundry soap if you’re planning on washing your clothes during the tour.

Luggage limit

We limit the weight of luggage to 20 kilograms due to the size of individual lockers available on our trucks. The size of these lockers are 26 inches long, 18 inches wide and 10 inches high.

Your main luggage will go into these lockers, which is why we recommend that you pack light in a backpack or an overnight bag. Your luggage shouldn’t be larger than the locker dimensions. You’ll be able to keep your day bags at your feet or on the overhead shelf. We also recommend that you bring a 20-30mm sized padlock to secure your locker. If you feel that the luggage limitation will be a challenge for you, please get in touch with your booking consultant.

Valuables

We advise that you keep flashy and expensive jewellery and other valuables at home to avoid unwanted attention and loss of these items. You can use your hotel safe and the safe on the overland truck to store your money and essential travel documents. You can also buy a money belt or pouch, which you can hide behind a jacket or jersey. We recommend that you have photocopies of all essential documents. Even though they’re not valid, a photocopy makes it much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

Power

We have UK socket power outlets at each seat in our safari trucks. You can use these to charge your electronic devices while travelling. We recommend that you bring a power bank and multi-country power converters as you might need them for your electronic devices. Some campsites will have adequate electricity.

Conservative dress for women

Please note that women are expected to dress in a certain way in different locations across Africa according to the cultural customs of a specific country. In general, women travellers should opt for shorts or skirts that reach the knees and tops that cover the shoulders. If you are visiting a coastal area, it is advisable to cover up when you are off the beach.

Gorilla trek

You can expect conditions to be wet, muddy and uncomfortable most of the time when trekking through dense forests to see gorillas. You will need a pair of waterproof and robust hiking boots to prevent your feet from getting wet, and to prevent scratches from prickly foliage. We recommend that you bring protective gear for your hands, such as gardening gloves so that you will find it easier and less painful to grab onto trees and bushes when pulling yourself up the hillside. Please also pack pairs of long socks. You’ll be able to tuck your trousers into them to avoid any ants or insects getting to your ankles while we trek through forests.

Zambia dress code

Zambia has a specific dress code for both men and women that you will need to follow. Clothing items the country has listed as indecent include leggings, skirts and short that do not reach the knees, crop tops, sagging trousers, lace clothing, skinny jeans and tight-fitting dresses. If you are found wearing these clothing items, you could be fined a hefty fee or face arrest and deportation.

Plastic bag bans across Africa

Many countries across Africa have banned plastic bags. In Namibia, anyone found with a plastic bag when entering game parks is liable for a fine of N$500 or imprisonment. Botswana’s plastic ban makes the importing, trading and commercial use of plastic bags a criminal offence. The country makes exceptions for plastics that are essential for health and hygiene.

These two countries join many other African countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, who have banned the use of plastic bags. South Africa only imposed a levy on plastic bags in 2004 and not a ban. The countries enforcing this ban are conducting luggage searches for plastic at border posts, so please ensure that you do not pack plastic bags in your luggage. Instead pack waterproof reusable bags, which you can buy at camping stores before you leave for your tour.

Climate and seasonal information

In general, African has warm and pleasant weather conditions. However, temperatures do dip during the winter months, so it’s essential to bring a warm sleeping bag and warm clothes to cater to these low temperatures. Please check weather reports before travel.

Essential information on passport and vaccination requirements, and safety on the tour

Passport

In general, most countries expect your passport to have a minimum of six months’ validity when travelling. Your airline ticket and booking should have the same names listed on your passport. Your booking consultant will contact you as they will need your passport details to complete your reservation.

As a general rule of safety, ensure that you take a copy of the main passport pages and other essential documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

Visas

Obtaining a visa is your responsibility, so please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Please apply timeously for your visa to prevent any hiccups in your booking process. Should you need any help with further advice on visas, you’re more than welcome to contact your consultant.

South Africa

Many nationalities do not need to get a visa to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Please ensure that you check with the South African Department of Home Affairs for detailed and up-to-date visa requirements.

New Zealand passport holders

All visitors from New Zealand coming to South Africa need to obtain their visa at the South African High Commission located in Wellington or Auckland before departure. Travellers may need to apply for a visa in person. In cases where in-person applications are not possible, travellers can use Travcour NZ. If you need more information about the application process and all documents required for the visa application, please visit the South African Department of Home Affairs here. You can also request supporting documentation via your booking agent.

Entry requirements – passports

Please note that South Africa does not accept non-machine readable passports. You will need a machine-readable travel document (e-passport) if you’re planning to visit the country. Immigration officers will refuse for you to enter into the country if you’re unable to present an e-passport. If you are a traveller with a valid visa that is issued in a non-machine readable passport, immigration officers will handle this on a case-by-case basis, but you will still be liable for a fine.

Entry requirements – yellow fever certificate

All travellers of one year of age and above who arrive or are transiting through South Africa from a region or country infected by yellow fever, as per the list by the World Health Organization, need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Immigration officers will deny you entry into the country if you fail to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least ten days before arrival in the country. There is no option to receive a vaccination on arrival if you don’t have a valid vaccination certificate. This requirement is also applicable to travellers transiting through an infected country or region.

Entry requirements – travelling with children

When you travel with a child under the age of 18, you will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate. The South African government put this regulation in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and trafficked.

The country’s Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. Immigration officers may need further documentation, including permission to travel, if only one parent is travelling with a child or children. These requirements are from the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. Please read more here.

Namibia

Most nationalities are not required to obtain a visa to enter Namibia as a tourist if travelling for a maximum period of 90 days. For up-to-date information on visa requirements, please contact the local consulate or embassy.

Zambia

Most nationalities require a Zambian visa, including those from the EU, U.S. and Australia. For other nationalities, Zambian visas are available at the point of entry. Please check with the Zambia embassy in your country for current visa requirements. You will need US$50 in cash if you plan on obtaining your visa on arrival. Please check with the Zambian Embassy for more information.

Botswana

Please check with the Botswana embassy in your country if your nationality requires a visa to enter the country. For travellers needing a visa to Botswana, application forms can be downloaded here.

Tourism development levy: effective 1 June 2017

You will need to pay a compulsory tourism development levy of US$30 when visiting Botswana. You’ll need to pay this levy, either by cash or credit card, at your first port of entry into the country. The tourism levy is valid for 30 days and can be used for multiple entries.

Entry requirements for Botswana – a yellow fever certificate

All travellers of one year of age and above who arrive or are transiting through Botswana from a region or country infected by yellow fever, as per the list by the World Health Organization, need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Immigration officers will deny you entry into the country if you fail to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate issued at least ten days before arrival in the country. There is no option to receive a vaccination on arrival if you don’t have a valid vaccination certificate. This requirement is also applicable to travellers transiting through an infected country or region.

Children travelling to Botswana

When you travel with a child under the age of 18, you will need to produce a certified copy of the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. Without it, officers will deny you entry into the country. The unabridged birth certificate should list the child’s details and the details of both parents. A short birth certificate, which only contains the child’s details, won’t be accepted.

If one parent only is travelling with the child, or the child is travelling with neither biological parents or is unaccompanied, you’ll need to provide an affidavit of the consent of the parent(s) as proof that the parents of the child permitted you to travel with them. Should you have questions about the documents you need to travel with children, please contact the Botswana embassy.

Zimbabwe

Most nationalities require a Zimbabwean visa, including those from the EU, U.S. and Australia. For other nationalities, Zimbabwean visas are available at the point of entry. You will need between US$30 and US$45 in cash if you’re planning to obtain your visa on arrival. Please visit the Zimbabwean embassy in your country for up-to-date information on visa requirements.

If you are a tourist from a country that requires a visa before arrival, you can get more information and apply for your visa here.

Kaza Visa

When travelling between Zambia and Zimbabwe, you will need to obtain a Kaza visa at the cost of US$50. It is valid for 30 days as long as you stay within Zimbabwe and Zambia. You can get it at land borders at Livingstone (Zimbabwe border) and Kazungula (Botswana border).

Malawi

If you are a tourist from the UK, U.S., Canada, the Schengen member states, Australia and New Zealand, you will have to pay US$75 upon arrival in Malawi to get a visa.

Some nationalities will need to get a visa before arrival at the nearest Malawi Diplomatic Mission. If you’re unable to get a visa before you arrive in Malawi, you can obtain one when you enter into the country if you have received prior authorisation in the form of a visa letter from the Malawi Immigration Department. Please contact permitcounter@gmail.com to apply for visa letters.

Tanzania

You can obtain a single entry tourist visa for US$50 in cash at these below main entry points in Tanzania if you fulfil all of the country’s immigration and health requirements. Due to new regulations, obtaining a visa on arrival is a lengthy process which requires you stand in 3 queues which may take up to 2 hours:

  • Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam
  • Abeid Amani Karume International Airport on Unguja Island in the Zanzibar Archipelago
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport located in northern Tanzania
  • The Namanga border point between Tanzania and Kenya
  • Tunduma border point between Tanzania and Zambia

You can also obtain an e-visa 4 weeks before departure via Tanzania visa Application – note this application can take 2-3 weeks but this is the recommended process to ensure you have your visa before arrival. There are some nationalities who are expect from visas – please see the list and guidelines HERE.

Currently, you don’t need a multi-entry visa to enter Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. These three countries have an agreement to navigate entry from tourists. Should your tour require you to exit Kenya into Tanzania, you can re-enter Kenya on the same visa. However, if you will need to enter Tanzania twice after visiting a country that is not Kenya or Uganda, you may need to obtain two visas.

East Africa tourist visa

The East Africa tourist visa is a multiple-entry visa that is valid for 90 days. It allows for travel between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda with the same multiple-entry visa. The visa costs US$100 and is the best option for visitors travelling to all three of the listed countries.

If Kenya is your first country of arrival, you will receive the East Africa tourist visa at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on arrival. It is the only type of visa to obtain. You will need to complete the visa form and pay US$50 in cash for the East African visa. Please ensure that the immigration officers that process your visa provide you with all three visas.

If you are starting your trip in Rwanda, you can apply for your visa through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. If you’re only visiting Kenya and Uganda and arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya to cross into Uganda by land, we advise that you apply for an e-visa for Kenya, and get your Ugandan visa on arrival. You will need to pay cash for your Ugandan visa.

Kenya only

You can get a visa either on arrival into Kenya or via e-visa Kenya before arrival. Single-entry visas (business or tourism) cost US$50, €40, or £30, and a transit visa, which is valid for three days, is US$20. You can only pay in cash for your visa if you’re obtaining it on arrival.

You can enter into Kenya multiple times for a period of 90 days with a single entry visa. This allowance is only valid if you don’t leave the East African region.

You can complete the four-step e-visa process through the immigration website here. You will need to submit an application form and passport-sized photo as part of the application process. The processing duration for e-visas is up to seven working days. You will need to present to immigration officers your printed e-visa upon entry to Kenya.

Please ensure that you have multiple copies of your e-visa to present at each border crossing.

Uganda

We advise that you get your Ugandan visa on arrival at a cost of US$50 in cash if you are arriving into Uganda by land. Alternatively, you can obtain an East Africa visa on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Unfortunately, there are no appropriate facilities at Ugandan land borders to process the e-visas.

When paying in cash, please have U.S. dollar bills that are in excellent condition, and that are dated 2006 and newer. These are the only bills that Ugandan immigration will accept.

If you are flying into Uganda, you can apply for your visa here. The application process requires you to upload a clear copy of your current passport, your yellow fever vaccination certificate and a passport photo. You can either pay for your e-visa online or when you arrive in Uganda. The amount you’ll need to pay is US$50. If you want to pay for your visa on arrival, you will receive a barcoded email notification that you can print to present to immigration officers. You’ll need to pay for your visa in cash.

Homosexuality in Uganda

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda. This is a sensitive and controversial topic, and it’s important to approach it with understanding.

  • The Law: The Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2013 criminalized same-sex acts, with penalties ranging from imprisonment to life sentences in some cases. While parts of the law were struck down by the Ugandan Constitutional Court in 2014 on procedural grounds, the core aspects remain in place.

  • Impact: This legislation has created a climate of fear and discrimination for LGBTQ+ people in Uganda. Many face harassment, violence, and social exclusion.

  • International Response: The international community has widely condemned the Anti-Homosexuality Act, with some countries imposing sanctions or travel restrictions.

Travel insurance

It is compulsory for you to have comprehensive adventure travel insurance on all overland tours. At a minimum level, we need you to be covered for medical expenses, including personal liability, emergency repatriation, curtailment, cancellation, and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Medical insurance is also compulsory for you to have when going on an overland tour. You won’t be allowed on a trip if you do not have it. Medical insurance is for your safety should anything happen while on tour, especially when in a remote location.

We will need your travel insurance details when booking your vacation. We will include these details on the traveller list. Please bear in mind that most travel insurance policies do not include cover for adrenaline sports and adventure activities. These activities include white-water rafting, skydiving and bungee jumping. We advise that you go through your policy to see for details on what it covers.

You will need to present your travel insurance documents and the insurer’s 24-hour emergency contact number to your tour leader, who will then allow you to join the travel group. Unfortunately, we cannot permit travellers who don’t have travel insurance to join any tours.

For travellers with credit card insurance, you will need to provide your group leader with the below details:

  • The name of the insurer or underwriter
  • The level of coverage
  • The policy number of the credit card insurance
  • The emergency contact number of the insurer

Your bank will provide you with these details.

Please note: some Namibian hospitals do not recognise some travel insurance policies, so please check with your insurer. Please seek alternative coverage if it is necessary.

WorldNomads Insurance offers adventure travel insurance and cancellation insurance. As we mentioned above, we recommend that you choose travel insurance that includes cancellation and curtailment insurance. The majority of tour departures are confirmed to depart, but in the unlikely event that we cancel a tour departure due to unforeseen circumstances, you would be protected.

Many credit card companies offer standard credit card insurance, so please check your insurance policy to see what it includes and excludes in its cover. If you opt to use your credit card insurance, you will need to contact your bank to get your policy details. Here are instructions on how to do so:

  • Contact your bank – they will ask you for your bank card number
  • Complete their account verification steps which they will give you on the call
  • Ask for the insurance company name and your policy number
  • Store the contact number that you dialled in your contact list

Money matters

Every traveller’s budget is different on a trip. We recommend that you bring a bit more money than you think you’ll need as a budget buffer. Please include amounts for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry in your budget.

Please also ensure that you’ve read your trip details thoroughly to make sure that you know what’s included and excluded in the trip price. Doing this should make budgeting a little easier.

The recommendations we’ve made for additional costs are in U.S. dollars, so to have a better idea of the expenses for your budget, we advise that you convert these amounts to your local currency.

Meals not included

Food is one of the most fantastic ways to learn about the heritage and culture of a new destination. We do encourage you to try the local cuisine of the different locations that we will be visiting during the tour. Doing this will give you a comprehensive cultural experience and an opportunity to mingle with local residents.

We give you a chance to enjoy local cuisine on the occasion that we don’t include lunch or dinner. Your tour leader will recommend food options, markets and restaurants where you can safely have local cuisine. You can budget between US$10 and US$15 per meal for lunch, and between US$12 and US$25 for main meal dinner options. Please note that these are indicative prices only.

Tipping

Giving gratuity is a great way to show your appreciation to service providers for their excellent service. It makes a significant difference to service providers in the local tourism industry, and it inspires a motivation on the part of service providers to keep a high quality of service. Tipping is optional, and should you choose to tip, the average amount is between US$7 and US$10 per person, per day.

We’ve put together this concise tipping guide using the feedback we’ve received from past travellers and our staff on the ground. This guide will help you with budgeting for tipping as you go on a tour:

  • Please consider tipping your tour crew members, including tour leaders, drivers and cooks if you feel that they provided you with outstanding service throughout your trip. It is not compulsory to give a tip, and the amount you choose to give is up to you. In general, a tip of US$3 or US$4 each staff member per day will be great. You can give each staff member their tip at the end of your tour.
  • Local guides: on occasion, a local tour guide will join the group to work with your tour leader. If you would like to tip the local tour guide, we suggest an amount of US$2 or US$3 per local guide, per day.
  • At restaurants: if your bill includes the 10% service fee, you won’t need to tip further. If the restaurant does not add the service fee to your bill, you can tip a minimum amount of 10% of your total bill.

Group kitty for tipping

We’ve found that some groups prefer putting money together for tips to overcome challenges such as not having the correct amount of small change to pay a tip.

Your tour leader might suggest a group kitty for tipping, where all members of the tour group contribute an equal amount of money to pay for tips. They will keep a running record of all monies spent, except for restaurant tips. Group members can check the running record at any time, and any remaining amounts will be returned to group members at the end of the tour. Group members exclude tips for the tour crew from this group kitty.

Emergency funds

Emergency funds are essential for dealing with unforeseen circumstances that we can encounter while travelling, such as natural disasters or a medical emergency. Please add US$500 to your travel budget to cater for emergencies. When unexpected circumstances occur, we will need to implement immediate changes to our itineraries, and these changes might involve extra costs.

Credit cards, ATMs and money exchange

In general, tourist shops and some restaurants across Africa accept credit cards. The preferred cards are Visa and Mastercard. If you have American Express and Diners, we suggest that you opt for the preferred options to lessen your payment worries. Most of Africa is cash dominant, so we recommend that you carry cash, especially for making purchases at small restaurants and local markets. You can exchange foreign currency at exchange bureaus, which usually offer the best rates.

With the increased availability of ATMs in many major towns, cities and campsites, you can access money conveniently using debit or credit cards. Please check the withdrawal limits and international bank charges with your bank as these amounts vary from country to country.

Please remember to notify your bank about the countries you’ll be visiting before your departure. Banks may freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries as a safety measure against fraud.

Your tour leader will give you an estimate of the amount you’ll need while travelling on a multi-country tour. Please remember that you will need U.S. dollar bills that are in excellent condition, and that are dated 2006 and newer when you pay in cash. Most businesses and banks, especially in East Africa, may refuse any old or damaged notes.

Accessing cash in Zimbabwe

Please bear in mind that obtaining money in Zimbabwe is difficult due to the current cash crisis. We advise that you bring enough cash in U.S. dollars to support your stay while you’re in the country. If you have any queries about accessing cash in Zimbabwe, please chat with your consultant. Your tour leader will be able to assist while travelling.

Departure tax

Various countries, including Zimbabwe, require you to pay an airport departure tax when departing on an international flight. You can expect to pay between US$10 and US$60, depending on the departure time.

Personal health and vaccinations

You will need excellent fitness levels to deal with the strenuous nature of our overland tours. Great fitness levels will also help you to enjoy the planned activities. We urge you to assess your fitness level when reading the itinerary to make an informed choice about your ability to cope with our tours.

If any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without significant risk to themselves and other group members, the tour leader or local guide has the right to exclude them from part or all of a trip. If you are excluded from a part or all of the itinerary, please note that you will not be refunded. It is for this reason that we encourage you to access your fitness level when selecting a tour.

Please consult your doctor before departure for up-to-date medical travel information, including any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements. We encourage you to have a personal first aid kit that includes your specific medication.

Yellow fever

All travellers of one year of age and above need to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate on arrival at the airport or border crossing. If you don’t have one, immigration officers will deny you entry into the specific country. You might also need to present a valid vaccination certificate at the airport in your home country when you return from your vacation. Please make sure that you check all yellow fever requirements with a travel doctor.

Typhoid

Please ensure that your Typhoid vaccinations are up to date if you are travelling to Harare. Parts of the city have experienced a typhoid outbreak, with over 1,500 cases reported since 2011. Please seek advice from your travel doctor.

Tsetse Fly

While travelling on safari, please avoid wearing blue, black and other dark coloured clothing as they attract the tsetse fly. A bite from the tsetse fly can cause sleeping sickness, with the chronic form of the illness being trypanosomiasis. Symptoms of sleeping sickness include fever, abnormal behaviour, headaches and swollen lymph nodes.

Drinking water

In general, we encourage you not to drink local tap water as you might fall ill. Your body will react adversely to a different region’s water standards. Falling ill, even if it’s an upset stomach, will spoil a day or two of your vacation. Many lodges and hotels provide safe drinking water, while bottled water is another alternative. We recommend that you include rehydration salts, painkillers, motion sickness medication, and diarrhoea blockers in your private first aid kit.

Crew and guides

A tour crew, consisting of a tour leader, a cook and a driver, will accompany a group. Regardless of the country of origin, we choose our crew members for their leadership skills and excellent service delivery. They are fantastic ambassadors for our company and our beautiful continent and its people. We include experienced and new crew members in our team, so there may be occasions where you travel with a new crew member or one that is undergoing training.

Your tour leader manages trip logistics to ensure that the tour runs smoothly, safely and timeously. They help with setting up camp and drawing up the chore roster for the group. On some occasions, they may drive. They will be able to give you historical, environmental, cultural, religious and social insight into the various destinations covered during the tour. The local guide will have in-depth knowledge of these various aspects.

Tour cooks handle the preparation and cooking of meals during a tour. They make sure that high hygiene standards are kept at all times while camping. Grocery shopping and meal preparation times are fantastic for bonding together as a group. Your cook will enjoy a great conversation with you while sharing in the task of preparing meals.

Getting to the next location on the itinerary safely and timeously is the responsibility of the driver. They also ensure that our safari trucks undergo regular maintenance for roadworthiness.

Everyone is expected to participate and carry their share of camp duties. The duties Rota system ensures that all members share a load of general camp duties. This includes cooking, shopping, and washing up. If the whole group participates in doing chores, it will be quicker and more fun to get through all of them.

Safety on tour

We go to great lengths to make sure that our tours are as safe as possible. These include maintaining our vehicles to ensure maximum roadworthiness and checking local travel advisories for up-to-date safety information. With safety being a primary priority for us, group tour leaders have the authority to change or cancel any portion of the trip itinerary should safety concerns arise. Please make sure to cooperate with them and adhere to their advice.

Please ensure that you check your government’s latest travel information before departure. We urge you to verify that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

We advise that you keep valuable documents and money in a money pouch that you can hide in a jacket. Many of the hotels that we use have secure safety deposit boxes if you prefer to use them for storing your valuable documents. Getting a safety lock to secure your luggage is also a great safety precaution. Please remember to leave your expensive jewellery at home for safety reasons.

You will have some free time during your trip to explore a given location at your leisure. Should you choose to do an activity that isn’t part of the itinerary, please bear in mind that we are not liable for the safety standards of the activity and the standard of operators running them. Please use your discretion when selecting optional activities to do during your free time. You can ask your tour leader for advice on optional exploration activities to do – they will be more than happy to help.

Fire precautions

Not every accommodation facility that we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms. We will advise on what to do should an emergency arise at the facilities on tour.

Balconies

Many accommodation facilities in Africa are basic. Expect to either have a facility with a small balcony or a facility that doesn’t have a balcony.

Details about traffic and driving

The different countries that we visit on our tours drive on different sides of the road. For example, Kenya and South Africa drive on the left, and Rwanda drives on the right. Before you cross the road, please remember to look left and right. Traffic may be busier than what you’re used to in your home country.

Seat belts

Please bear in mind that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country. Not all the transport we use provides seat belts.

Pick pocketing and personal safety

In order to safeguard as much as possible against pick pocketing, especially in touristy cities, please be cautious when walking at night. We encourage you to walk in groups and only on main, well-lit areas. Please also be careful when using public transport. Simple protection measures for your belongings include carrying your day pack on your front and only carry the things you’ll need for the day. It’s best to leave valuables stored in safety boxes in your hotel room or the overland truck.

Water safety

Waves and currents in the ocean, river or open water bodies can be unpredictable. Please be cautious when taking in any water activities, and please ensure that you can swim. If you want to partake in swimming activities, please ask for local advice before entering the water.

Unfenced campsites

Please note that we will be staying in unfenced camp sites located inside national parks on some trips. Here, you will experience nature in its most authentic form. We ask that you adhere to any advice given to you by our tour leaders and the park rangers. Their guidance will ensure your safety and that of the entire group.

Homosexuality in Tanzania

Please note that homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania, including Zanzibar.  In June 2017, the Tanzanian government announced that it was unlawful for LGBQTI rights advocates to operate in the country and that these actions will result in arrest and imprisonment. Public displays of homosexuality, such as hand-holding, could lead to arrest and up to 30 years’ imprisonment. If you are affected by this law, please see your country’s current travel advisory for further information.

Bilharzia

Bilharzia is caused by parasitic worms found in fresh water that has been contaminated by animal and human waste. Symptoms include a skin rash, vaginal bleeding, body aches, fatigue and blood in the stool. Please be mindful of shallow reedy waters in the vicinity of villages.

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