13 Day Authentic Morocco Experience

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DAYS

13

Accommodated Small Group Top Pick

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Highlights

  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Rabat: Kasbah Les Oudayas & Hassan Tower visit, Mausoleum Mohammed V & Mausoleum Hassan II visit
  • Guided tour of Volubilis
  • Meknes - Guided walking tour
  • Chefchaouen
  • Fes: Fondouk Nejjarine & Medersa Attarine visit
  • Guided walking tour of Fes medina
  • Guided half day trek at M'goun Valley
  • Kasbah Skoura visit
  • Marrakech - Guided walking tour & visit to Palais Bahia
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  • Starts: Casablanca
  • Ends: Marrakech

Countries Visited

Morocco

Why You'll Love this Tour

Journey into the heart of Morocco on this 13 Day Authentic Morocco Experience. Discover the rich history and intoxicating cultures of Morocco while discovering it's enticing ancient cities, medieval architecture and traditional mountain villages. Encounter nomadic tribes and hop on a camel in the Sahara Desert before ending your exotic adventure off with the aromas of Marrakech wafting through the streets of the Medina and sip mint tea while reflecting on your amazing trip of a lifetime.  


Tour Style Accommodated Small Group Top Pick
Countries Visited Morocco
Starts Casablanca
Ends Marrakech
Group Size Min 1 Max 12
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
Length 13 days
Tour SKU ACN0106

Tour Price

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Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at ZAR 21 355 - ZAR 24 570 (Price fluctuates based on seats available, confirm with your consultant). Currency fluctuations may occur

Dates Tour Length: 13 days


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Included

  • Meals - 12 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
  • Accommodation - Desert Camp (1 night), Gite (2 nights), Riad (3 nights), Hotel (6 nights)
  • Transport - (Private Minibus, Camel, Taxi)
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Kasbah Les Oudayas Rabat
  • Kasbah Oudaya local drink
  • Hassan Tower visit
  • Mausoleum Mohammed V visit
  • Mausoleum Hassan II visit
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
  • Meknes - Guided walking tour
  • Chefchaouen
  • Fondouk Nejjarine & Medersa Attarine visit
  • Fes Medina guided walking tour
  • Guided half day trek at M'goun Valley
  • Kasbah Skoura & Oasis visit
  • Marrakech - Guided walking tour
  • Palais Bahia visit
  • Fresh Orange Juice Djemaa el Fna

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed (see desert camp on Day 7)
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

Activities

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

Included Activities on this Morocco Experience Tour:

  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Kasbah Les Oudayas Rabat
  • Kasbah Oudaya local drink
  • Hassan Tower visit
  • Mausoleum Mohammed V visit
  • Mausoleum Hassan II visit
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
  • Meknes - Guided walking tour
  • Chefchaouen
  • Fondouk Nejjarine & Medersa Attarine visit
  • Fes Medina guided walking tour
  • Guided half day trek at M'goun Valley
  • Kasbah Skoura & Oasis visit
  • Marrakech - Guided walking tour
  • Palais Bahia visit
  • Fresh Orange Juice Djemaa el Fna


Other Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this Morocco Tour: Casablanca

  • Villa des Arts - art gallery & museum - Free
  • Jewish Museum - MAD50
  • Religious Casablanca Urban Adventures Tour - MAD1206
  • The Medina and Beyond Urban Adventures Tour - MAD948
Marrakesh
  • Marrakesh - Marjorelle Gardens - MAD70
  • Palais Badi - MAD70
  • Saadian Tombs - MAD70
  • Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Museum of Marrakech - MAD40
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD750
  • Palmery cycling tour - MAD350
  • Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day tour - MAD2000
  • Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Asni & Ouirgane Day Trip with lunch - MAD1806
  • Oukaimeden day tour - MAD1882
  • Imlil & Aroumd day tour - MAD1817
  • Hot Air Ballooning - MAD2050
  • Cascades d'Ouzoud day tour - MAD2207
  • Urban Adventures - Tajine cooking class - MAD640
  • Urban Adventures - A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD605
  • Ourika Valley day tour - MAD1817
  • Essaouira Food & Culture day trip - MAD1554

Itinerary

Day 1: Casablanca, Morocco

Upon your arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your accommodation (included in tour price). This only applies if you arrive on Day 1 of the tour or if you have booked pre-accommodation through us. Kindly inform us of your flight details at least 15 days before travel.

This evening there is a welcome meeting at 6pm to start your Morocco Experience with a bang. We will be gathering your insurance and next of kin details so please ensure you have these ready for our meeting. Kindly inform the hotel reception if you foresee you may be late for this meeting. We recommend arriving a day or two earlier so that you can enjoy the highlights of Casablanca.

If you arrive earlier in the day, feel free to explore the city. There are a variety of optional activities available in Casablanca and we suggest you visit the art deco Villa des Arts dating back to 1930’s which is filled with contemporary Moroccan and international art. Alternatively, discover an intriguing part of Moroccan history at the Museum of Judaism.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: No meals included on this day
Included Highlight: Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Optional Activities: Jewish Museum (MAD50), Villa des Arts – art gallery and museum (Free), The Medina and Beyond Urban Adventures Tour (MAD948), Religious Casablanca Urban Adventures Tour (MAD1206)

Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes, Morocco

After breakfast this morning, we take a 45 minute guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque. Discover why this architectural masterpiece is known as the ‘diamond’ of the city. This religious monument was completed in 1993 with a retractable roof and heated glass floors, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. A truly an impressive sight, the Hassan II Mosque accommodates 25 000 worshipers and is one of the few mosques open to foreigners.

Later, we venture on a 1.5 hour drive to the capital of Morocco – Rabat. Rabat’s history is rich and it’s beautiful historical landmarks are a testament to this. There are plenty of ancient Arab monuments, some of which date back to the 10th – 15th century. You will have a short orientation walk before some free time to explore on your own. Start with a walk through the Medina and souks before making your way to Kasbah des Oudaias, a walled quarter offering incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Later in the afternoon we travel to the regal city of Meknes, the former capital of Morocco, where we spend the night.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlights: Casablanca – Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque, Kasbah Les Oudayas Rabat, Kasbah Oudaya local drink, Hassan Tower visit, Mausoleum Mohammed V visit, Mausoleum Hassan II visit
Travel Time: 1.5 hour Private Minibus + 2 hour Private Minibus

Day 3: Meknes – Volubilis – Chefchaouen, Morocco

This morning we enjoy a tour of Meknes, exploring the pleasant streets of the old medina. We begin at the northern gate of Bab Berdaine making our way to the shrine of Moulay Ismail who, in the 17th century, transformed Meknes from a provincial town into an imperial city. Explore beautifully decorated public buildings hidden in the winding streets including the granary of Moulay Ismail and the old souk.

Later we drive to the archaeological site of Volubilis. Once a provincial Roman capital, the remaining ruins of the empire is the reason Volubilis is now listed as a World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, we take a tour of the ruins with a local guide. Keep your camera ready as this town provides amazing photo opportunities with the beautiful mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus.

We take a 3 hour drive to Chefchaouen – Morocco’s ‘blue city’. Nestled between the Rif Mountains in Northern Morocco. Chefchaouen is one of the most charming cities. The Medina is surrounded by beautiful blue and whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs and striking doorways, offering a truly relaxing atmosphere.

Spot the Spanish flair as a lot of Chefchaouen was recreated by Andalusian refugees escaping the Reconquistia. Embark on an orientation walk with your tour guide through the ancient medina. Visit the local shops or just relax at a café. If you’re looking for a nibble, the goat’s cheese is one of tourists most loved treats.

Accommodation: Riad (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlights: Entrance and guided tour of Volubilis, Meknes guided walking tour
Travel Time: 3 hour Private Minibus

Day 4: Fes, Morocco

This morning you have free to further explore Chefchaouen. Roam the streets marvelling at the various shades of blue. Perhaps stop at a café for some lunch before our 4 hour journey to Fes. The origin of Fes is disputable, some believe its origins are from ancient Greece and others believe it comes from the Balkans.

A true feast for the senses, Fes is renowned for its medieval old city with one of the biggest Medinas. We spend time here discovering more of its past and modern influences. Upon arrival, we check in at our hotel before enjoying one of the city’s famous dishes, the salty and sweet pastille for dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 4 hour Private Minibus

Day 5: Fes, Morocco

We spend today discovering the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco. Venture into the fascinating old city locally known as Fes el Bali. Fes has a rich history being one of the world’s incredible centres of education and culture in medieval times.

There are plenty of sites to see in Fes.  Venture into the maze of the Medina, which is buzzing with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Look out for the donkeys with high heaps piled on their backs and investigate the hidden gems of the souk.

We visit Medresse el Attarine and the spectacular Funduk Nejjarine, a wonderfully renovated eighteenth century inn. Marvel at the iconic tannery, known for the famous view which overlooks its dye pits, and a ceramics factory. Later, relax in the calming oasis of your hotel, away from the buzzing Medina.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlights: Fondouk Nejjarine and Medersa Attarine visit, Guided walking tour of the Fes Medina

Day 6: Midelt, Morocco

Today we leave the buzzing city behind and make our way to the calm and scenic Middle Atlas Mountains. The journey is long (+/- 3.5 hours) but beautiful. We travel south passing through lush valleys, cedar and pine forests which is an incredible contrast to the arid rocky landscapes. Look out for the nomadic shepherds tending to their flocks and Barbary apes, North Africa’s only monkey.

Initially constructed to be a base for mining in the area, Midelt is now a market town and is surrounded by vast farmland and orchards. After lunch, we stretch our travelling legs on a hike through the nearby hills. Keep your camera ready for beautiful views of the Atlas Mountains.

We make our way back to our accommodation through apple tree plantations and enjoy a relaxing evening as we prepare for the Sahara.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Time: 3 – 4 hour Private Minibus

Day 7: Merzouga (Sahara Camp), Morocco

This morning there is time to relax before we hop in our private minibus to our next destination. We travel through stunning scenery from desolate mountainsides to rich valleys. With the decor of the orange-shaded Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the fascinating Saharan town of Merzouga feels pleasingly disconnected from the rest of the world.

Erg Chebbi will capture your fasciation as one of the most iconic landscapes of Morocco. Dune towering to 150 meters in height, these of some of the most stunning dunes in the whole country.

Packing your main luggage in the overnight camp, situated on the edge of the desert, we hop on camels for a journey into the sunset. We spend the night under starry skies at our desert camp, so sit back and take in all the desert has to offer while the locals prepare a delicious dinner.

Accommodation: Desert Camp (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: Private Minibus + Camel Ride

Please Note: The facilities at camp are simple with bedding and basic toilets available. Between April and October, the blankets provided are usually adequate however, during the colder months, between November and March, you may want to bring along a sleeping bag. There is no electricity available at the camp therefore ensure that your phones, cameras and anything you may need are fully charged.

Day 8: Todra Gorge – Dades Valley – M’goun Valley, Morocco

Set your alarm for an early start this morning as we enjoy another camel ride for a spectacular sunrise across the desert. After breakfast, we begin our 4 hour journey to Todra Gorge – a massive 250 meter trench that rises to form a spectacular natural sight.

We embark on a short walk through the sheer cliffs; the limestone stacks provide an ideal area for trekking. After our walk, we climb back into our private minibus making our way to tonight’s destination, M’goun. This evening we enjoy the company of the Berbers as we learn more about their customs and lifestyle, spending the night in a traditional Berber house.

Accommodation: Gite (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel Time: 4 hour Private Minibus + 2 hour Private Minibus

Day 9: M’goun Valley, Morocco

Today is free to explore at your leisure. There is an opportunity to enjoy a guided hike with a number of hiking trails to choose from. The most popular trail and one we highly recommend is a four hour trail of about 10 km. Your hike offers spectacular scenery with the towering mountains and famous Rose Valley as the backdrop. It isn’t too challenging however a moderate level of fitness is required.

We pass Berber villages where you’ll meet local Berbers and perhaps share the delight of a cup of mint tea. The setting is sensational with the surrounding mountains of this untouched Moroccan back-country.

Accommodation: Gite (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included Highlight: Guided half day trek at M’goun Valley

Day 10: Skoura – Ait Benhaddou, Morocco

We leave M’goun Valley today and journey along the ‘Road of 1000 Kasbahs’ stopping in the oasis town of Skoura filled with pretty little houses. Visit Kasbah Ameridhl with an abundance of decoration and mud-brick fortifications.

Later, we continue our journey to Ait Benhaddou, one of Morocco’s most iconic sites. It served as an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara, returning with gold, ivory and slaves. It is now a World Heritage Site boasting clay architecture. Famous in the film industry, this town is known for productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones and Gladiator.

Roam through the winding streets towards the top of the hill for incredible views over the surrounding landscapes. Spend your evening relaxing on the rooftop terrace of your hotel watching the sun set over the beautiful Kasbah.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included Highlight: Kasbah Skoura & Oasis Visit
Travel Time: 2 hour Private Minibus + 2 hour Private Minibus

Day 11: Marrakech, Morocco

We have a long journey to Marrakech today travelling through the winding roads of the Atlas. The scenery through the High Atlas is spectacular so keep your camera on hand.  Marrakech is a city of vibrant colours, spice markets, exotic carpets, delicious food, musicians and fragrant gardens.

Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and make our way to Djemaa El Fna – one of the world’s biggest public spaces and unique to Marrakech. This square comes alive at night with henna painters, storytellers and performers among a street food bazaar.

Perhaps end your day with a delicious cup of tea at a roof-top restaurant overlooking the square.

Accommodation: Riad (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Time: Private Minibus

Day 12: Marrakech, Morocco

At this point you would be accustomed to the colourful city, so we use the morning to enjoy a guided tour of the old medina exploring the vibrant souqs that bring life to the city. Roam through peaceful courtyards filled with orange blossom scents and discover the chambers and salons that make up Bahia Palace, built in 1866 for a former slave who rose to power within the government.

We continue our tour as we head to the Marrakech Museum. Once a palace, the museum now holds a fine collection of Morocco art and sculptures. Pay a visit to the famous Koutoubia Mosque and its 12th century minaret, a famous model for the Giralda tower in Seville. Then, we make our way back through the streets of the old medina to the Djemaa El Fna.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore. Roam the city for some retail therapy at the markets, taking in the variety of smells and scenery on offer. Wander through the gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (currently owned by Yves Saint Laurent) or visit the ruins of Palais Badi, one of the most beautiful palaces in the world.

Alternatively, head back to the old medina. Each market is dedicated to a distinct trade in the seemingly infinite mosaic of souqs; pottery, woodwork, copper, leather, carpets and spices. See how the craftsmen perfect their work and practice your haggling skills. If you’re in the mood to relax, sip on a cup of tea or share a tajine, full of Morocco’s pure scent.

Accommodation: Riad (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlights: Marrakech – Guided walking tour, Palais Bahia visit and Fresh Orange Juice at the Djemaa el Fna
Optional Activities: Marrakech – Marjorelle Gardens (MAD70), Palais Badi (MAD70), Saadian Tombs (MAD70), Medersa Ben Youssef (MAD40), Museum of Marrakech (MAD40)

Day 13: Marrakech, Morocco

Our colourful Authentic Morocco adventure comes to an end today. The check-out time is usually around 12pm however, you are free to leave any time before that. If you would like to explore this vibrant city more, additional accommodation can be pre-booked. There are tons of optional activities for you to experience so speak to your tour guide to find out more.

Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa (MAD750), Palmery cycling tour (MAD350), Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day tour (MAD2000), Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour (MAD350), Asni & Ouirgane with lunch (MAD1806), Oukaimeden day tour (MAD1882), Imlil & Aroumd day tour (MAD1817), Hot Air Ballooning (MAD2050), Cascades d’Ouzoud day tour (MAD2207), Urban Adventures – Tajine cooking class (MAD640), Urban Adventures – A Taste Of Marrakech (MAD605), Ourika Valley day tour (MAD1817), Essaouira Food & Culture day trip (MAD1554)

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What level of fitness is required for this Morocco Adventure?

A good level of fitness is recommended and will certainly help increase the enjoyment of the trip. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the variety of walks and hikes around towns and villages. On Day 4 of your trip, expect a full-day walking tour around the Medina of Fes. You will be on your feet for five to six hours, however this is one of the highlights of Morocco and worth every minute. Again on Day 7, you will take a 1 hour camel ride through the Sahara. This is a great way to experience the desert, yet if you'd prefer, it's possible to walk alongside the caravan on the sand for about an hour. The walk only requires a basic level of fitness. On Day 9 you'll visit Todra Gorge which is a remote area of Morocco. Best explored on foot, but to do so you'll need a moderate level of fitness and should wear the appropriate footwear and clothing. You welcome to skip this activity if you prefer to rest.

How hot is Morocco?

The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortable, so please consider what time of year you are planning to travel. When travelling in the warmer months, we suggest you pack layers to cover you from the sun, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water.

Will Ramadam affect my Morocco Adventure?

In 2020 Ramadan will take place from 23 April to 22 May. As the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the world, many festivals are marked as Islamic Holidays, which may cause some disruption to your travels. Some regular services may not be available or open during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars.

What is the accommodation like on this tour of Morocco?

Your accommodation is chosen very carefully with the best possible hotels fitting to adventurous travel style. However please note that service and accommodation in Morocco is mostly different to western standards. You will be accommodated in a hotel for 6 nights of your tour, while staying in a Desert Camp site (1 night), Gite (2 night) and Guesthouse/Riad (3 nights).

What could I expect on my first visit to Morocco?

Morocco is a country which may be very different to anything you have experienced before. Heat, pollution, poverty and the crowds can result in an initial culture shock, but should be seen as an exciting new challenge. During our Morocco Experience we should always expect to encounter some difficulties along the way. In Morocco there are very different attitudes to time keeping, public cleanliness, privacy and service. Travel with a lot of patience and a sense of humour and you will be captivated by Morocco. There are some long travel days and some rough travelling in areas away from main tourist routes. High passes, windy roads and rough surfaces make for some challenging travel experiences. If you experience travel sickness we recommend you consider medication to help ease the discomfort. The advantage of these long drives is the spectacular views and fun stops en-route such as mountain passes, kasbahs, palmeries, sand dunes, goats up trees etc... On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination.

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.
  • The Table Mountain cable car in Cape Town, as well as the facilities and shops at the top of the mountain, will be closed from 8 July to 18 August 2019 for maintenance. If you would like to go to the top of the mountain, you can do so by hiking a steep trail with a local guide. If you’d like to arrange this hike, please chat with your tour leader or book at the hotel reception.

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 between18 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