Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam Overland (Camping) (31 Days)

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DAYS

31

Camping

FROM

R43,500

+ Optional Activity Package 5140

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  • Starts: Cape Town
  • Ends: Dar Es Salaam

Why You'll Love this Tour

Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam Overland Camping tour travels up through amazing remote regions of Southern Africa and East Africa while sleeping under the stars and chatting around blazing campfires.


Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia
Starts Cape Town
Ends Dar Es Salaam
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
Length 31 days
Tour SKU CAM0460

Tour Price

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R43,500

+ Optional Activity Package 5140


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Dates Tour Length: 31 days

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Included

  • Meals - 29 x Breakfast, 19 x Lunch, 25 x Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Entrance Fees to National Parks
  • Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)
  • Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Sunrise Hike up Dune 45
  • 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Walvis Bay Lagoon
  • Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide
  • Brandberg White Lady hike
  • Etosha National Park Afternoon game drive in truck
  • Etosha National Park Full day game drive in truck
  • Walk through Windhoek with your guide
  • San Tribal dance in evening
  • San Guided Walk
  • Okavango Delta Day Excursion
  • View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge
  • Luangwa Village Tour (Textile visit)
  • Malawi Village Tour
  • Livingstonia Hike
  • Cederberg Rooibos tea farm visit *
  • Namib Desert Guided desert walk with local expert *
  • Makgadikgadi Pans excursion *
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise *
  • Chobe National Park game drive *
  • South Luangwa National Park sunset game drive *
  • Mikumi National Park game drive *
* Highlights included on the Optional Activity Package on tour

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

Activities

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

2019 Activity Package (optional on this trip) includes the following:  

  • Rooibos tea farm visit 180
  • Guided desert walk with local expert 370
  • Makgadikgadi Pans excursion 400
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise 620
  • Chobe National Park game drive 620
  • South Luangwa National Park afternoon game drive 1450
  • Mikumi National Park game drive 1500
 

2019 Okavango Delta Excursion Upgrade:

  • For those wanting to spend 2 nights in the Okavango Delta, there is an upgrade package available to purchase.
  • Please speak to your travel consultant if you wish to participate and pre book this activity for your tour.
Upgrade cost: 2800 per person


Other Activities

  • Half-day canoe trip
  • Dolphin Cruise
  • Skydiving
  • Sandboarding
  • Quad Biking
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • Okavango Delta Scenic Flight
  • Victoria Falls National Park Entry
  • Bungee Jump
  • Gorge Swing
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Boma Dinner Experience
  • Safari Walk (seasonal)
  • Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Itinerary

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

Day 1

Cape Town – Cederberg Region, South Africa

Leaving Cape Town this morning, we stop and take a look at Table Mountain from across Table Bay before making our way to the Cederberg region. Boasting some of the most picturesque mountains and orange farms. We pay a visit to the Rooibos tea farm which is world renowned for it’s health benefits and unique taste. We enjoy dinner at our overnight stop where we have an opportunity to experience South African hospitality at it’s best.

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

Accommodation: Camp: Marcuskraal Campsite
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal ±195 km
Activity Package: Rooibos tea farm visit
Cape Town

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2

Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River, South Africa

Today we journey through the Northern Cape and Namaqualand, making a stop off at the isolated town of Springbok to gather a few last minute supplies. Once we have crossed the Namibian border, we arrive at our charming chalets that overlook the sparkling Orange River which creates a natural divider between South Africa and Namibia.

Originally called the Nu Gariep (‘Great River’) by the native Nama people, the Orange River was named by Colonel Robert Gordon – a Dutch explorer who once commanded the Cape garrison for several years. It is said that Gordon named the river in honour of William of Orange, but a more popular belief is that it was simply named so because of its colour. Presently, it is known by its original name (Gariep River) and it the longest river throughout South Africa, stretching to a distance of 1800 kilometres. Rising in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, where it is known as Sengu, it flows west through South Africa and out into the Atlantic Ocean once it reaches Alexander Bay. On its lengthy voyage, the river boasts a wide selection of beautiful landscapes. It passes through rough mountainous terrains and never-ending dune fields. The Orange forms part of the international border that runs between South Africa and Namibia, South Africa and Lesotho, and numerous provincial borders within South Africa.

Though the river does not run through any main cities, it plays a crucial role within the economy of South Africa by providing water to be used for irrigation and hydroelectric power. The Orange River is also responsible for diamond deposits all along the coast of Namibia. For millions of years this river acted as a transportation system that took diamonds from volcanic pipes within Kimberley, South Africa out into the ocean. From here, currents would take the diamonds north where the surf would catch them and place them into the Namib dune fields.

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

Nomad - Norotshama lodge, Namibia

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

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

We have an opportunity to partake in an optional canoe trip down the Orange River this morning, or we could choose to stay behind and devote our time to relax and unwind next to the river. Later in the day, we make our way back to Ai-Ais to check in to our lodging for the night and to delight in the marvelous hot springs offered by our resort.

Meaning ‘burning water’ in the local language of Nama, Ai-Ais refers to the sulfurous thermal hot water springs situated at the bottom of the mountains and at Fish River Canyon’s southern end. The Ai-Ais (pronounced ‘eye-ice’) springs originate from deep beneath the river bed and create a haven in this extremely dry area. The hot springs were used by the German military troops as a base camp during the Nama uprising. This area was once again used as a base in 1915 by South African troops who were healing from injuries incurred during the South-West Africa Campaign. The springs were declared national monuments in the 1960s and subsequently became a conservation area. The Ai-Ais camp was officially opened on the 16th of March, 1971. The hot water, heavy with sulfur, chloride and fluoride, has an average temperature of approximately 60 degrees Celcius and is known to be a relaxing curative.

Accommodation: Camp: NWR Hobas Campsite
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon ±180 km
Optional Activity: Half-day canoe trip
Border Post: South Africa: Vioolsdrift, Tel: +27 (27) 277 618 760, Open 24 hours Namibia: Noordoewer, Tel: +264 (0) 63 297 122, Open 24 hours

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4

Fish River Canyon – Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground, Namibia

Waking early this morning, we drive to the rim of the Fish River Canyon enjoying the beautiful sunrise in this magical piece of land and enjoy a walk along the rim of the canyon before making our way to Keetmanshoop. The afternoon is spent exploring the magnificent Quiver Tree Forest and the Giants Playground.

Meaning ‘burning water’ in the local language of Nama, Ai-Ais refers to the sulfurous thermal hot water springs situated at the bottom of the mountains and at Fish River Canyon’s southern end. The Ai-Ais (pronounced ‘eye-ice’) springs originate from deep beneath the river bed and create a haven in this extremely dry area. The hot springs were used by the German military troops as a base camp during the Nama uprising. This area was once again used as a base in 1915 by South African troops who were healing from injuries incurred during the South-West Africa Campaign. The springs were declared national monuments in the 1960s and subsequently became a conservation area. The Ai-Ais camp was officially opened on the 16th of March, 1971. The hot water, heavy with sulfur, chloride and fluoride, has an average temperature of approximately 60 degrees Celcius and is known to be a relaxing curative.

Accommodation: Campsite: Seeheim Hotel
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop ±260 km
Included Highlights: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Every journey has long travelling days and today we will venture deep into the Namib Desert making our way from the grasslands to the red dunes that cover the western reaches of the desert. Our accommodation this evening is at the tip of the dune fields where we enjoy the unique sounds of the Barking Gecko as we fall asleep.

Accommodation: Camp: NWR Sesriem campsite or similar.
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft National Park ±470 km
Included Highlight: Sesriem Canyon
Sossusvle dunes

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6

Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

We begin our day climbing Dune 45 enjoying the magnificent views of the sun rising on the dunes before making our way back down for a delicious breakfast. We hop onto a 4×4 and are transferred to Sossusvlei where we embark on a walk through the Salt Pans. Tonight is spent under the picturesque stars of the Namib desert.

Accommodation: Camp: Boesman’s Camp or similar (no website)
Facilities: Shared ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Namib-Naukluft National Park – Naukluft Area
Included Highlight: Sunrise Hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), Also embark on a guided desert walk with a local expert as an included highlight

Day 7

Swakopmund, Namibia

Today we enjoy an educational desert excursion with our local guide before leaving behind the Namib and crossing the Tropic of Capricorn on the way from the Atlantic Coast. We stop briefly in Walvis Bay at the lagoon before arriving at our next destination for the evening. There is a variety of activities available in Swakopmund.

Accommodation: Camp: Two Per Room: Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Strauss Holiday Accommodation
Route: Naukluft Area to Swakopmund
Included Activity: Tropic of Capricorn, Walvis Bay Lagoon
Activity Package: Guided desert walk with local expert

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), Tropic of Capricorn and Walvis Bay Lagoon are included highlights in 2020.

Day 8

Swakopmund, Namibia

Today is free to enjoy and participate in the multiple adventure activities available here. You can also spend your time exploring the city at leisure or simply enjoy some shopping before venturing to our next destination.

Accommodation: Camp: Two Per Room: Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Strauss Holiday Accommodation
Facilities: En-suite bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). Alternate accommodation in 2020 changes to Strauss Holiday Accommodation

Day 9

Spitzkoppe – Brandberg, Namibia

We start the day early and travel to the vast granite formations, viewing the beautiful rock art of the San people who lived here over a thousand years ago. We take a walk with our local guide with the opportunity of viewing this magnificent rock art before making our way to camp for the night.

Accommodation: Camp: Brandberg Rest Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Swakopmund to Brandberg (via Spitzkoppe) ±320 km
Included Highlight: Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10

Brandberg White Lady, Namibia

Regarded as the highest mountain in Namibia, Brandberg (Burning Mountains) has more than 45 000 rock paintings in the area. In the morning we embark on an hour long hike to pay a visit to the ancient rock paintings in the area.

Accommodation: Camp: Toko Lodge
Facilities: Share Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Uis to Kamanjab
Included Highlight: Brandberg White Lady hike
Etosha National Park

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 11

Etosha National Park, Namibia

The next day we rise early and make our way to Etosha National Park. Etosha means ‘Great White Place’ and is dominated by an enormous salt pan which makes up part of the mighty Kalahari Basin. Originally a lake nourished by the Kunene River, the Etosha pan spreads across an entire quarter of the Etosha National Park where you will have one of the most incredible game viewing experiences. We then make our way back to retire for the evening.

Accommodation: Camp: Halali or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in truck

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 12

Etosha National Park, Namibia

On our second day in Etosha, we spend more time exploring the park and the edges of the Etosha Pan where we will have an opportunity to take some fantastic pictures.

Accommodation: Camps: Okaukuejo or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Etosha National Park
Included Highlight: Full Day Game drive in truck

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 13

Windhoek, Namibia

With an early start to the day, we travel onto Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Upon our arrival in Windhoek, we embark on a brief walking tour around the city and view some of the famous landmarks. Our accommodation this evening is located between the city and the airport.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Heja Game Lodge or similar
Facilities: En-suites Bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek ±450 km
Included Highlight: Walk through Windhoek with your guide

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 14

Ghanzi, Botswana

Today we travel east to our next destination which neighbours Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. In the evening we experience some traditional dance, songs and story stelling.

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

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 15 - 16

Okavango Delta, Botswana

This morning we enjoy a guided walk with the San community before heading to Maun. In the afternoon there is an optional scenic flight over the Delta for those wanting to participate(time and weather permitting). We spend our evening preparing for our excursion the next day.

NB: Those guests who have pre-purchased the upgrade package – will board the flight into the Delta upon arrival in Maun and will re-join the group in the morning. Please speak to your consultant for your programme of the Okavango Delta Excursion.

Enjoy the beauty and variety of activities on offer in the Delta. We embark on a nature walk and enjoy a mokoro ride today. We head off winding waterways of the Delta around palm islands for the most scenic and relaxing of experiences.

Accommodation: Camp: Sedia Riverside Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Ghanzi to Maun, Maun – poling station – Okavango Delta – Maun
Included Highlight: San Guided Walk, Okavango Delta Day Excursion
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight
Okavango Delta

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 17

Nata, Botswana

Today we will drive towards Makgadikgadi Pans (Salt Pans) and the town of Nata. If we are lucky we may spot some of the wildlife that wander in this large protected area. In the afternoon there is an optional excursion available for those wanting to explore the magnificent Salt Pans.

Accommodation: Camp: Nata Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Maun to Nata ±230 km
Activity Package: Makgadigadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). The Makgadigadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary) is an optional activity in 2020.

Day 18

Chobe National Park, Botswana

We make our way to Kasane where the afternoon is spent exploring the Chobe National Park in a 4×4 vehicle. We are treated to a relaxing sunset river cruise on the Chobe River (situated within the National Park) when we will be able to spot plenty of beautiful animals on the riverbanks, such as hippo, buffalo and elephants. We end the evening with a delicious meal around a fire.

Accommodation: Camp: Thebe River Safaris
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nata to Kasane ±435 km
Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Chobe National Park boat cruise

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). The Chobe National Park Game Drive becomes an optional activity in 2020.

Day 19 - 20

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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

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

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

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

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls ±100 km
Optional Activity: Vic Falls National Park entry, Visit the Victoria Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
Border Post Botswana: Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320 / Open: 06h00-20h00, Zimbabwe: Kzangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00

2020 Itinerary Change : Meals are included in 2020 itinerary(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 21

Victoria Falls – Lusaka, Zambia

We travel toward the lively city of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. We get our first look at the mighty Victoria Falls when we cross the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe. You will note that the flora becomes progressively tropical as we journey forth, and the roads become a bit rougher. During our journey we experience colourful markets and busy villages and upon arrival we enjoy a prepared meal and are briefed on the days ahead.

The capital and biggest city of Zambia, Lusaka has two primary spoken languages – English and Nyanja. It is situated in the southern region of the central plateau of Zambia at a height of 1300 metres and boasts a population of approximately 1.7 million. With one of the most rapidly developing city centres in Africa, Lusaka is situated in a prolific farming region and is Zambia’s administrative, financial and commercial centre. It is believed that with proper and effective economic improvements, Lusaka (as well as Zambia as a whole) will advance significantly. Lusaka is home to a varied community of foreigners, many of whom work in the aid industry, as well as diplomats, representatives of religious societies and several business people.

Lusaka was named after it’s headman, and is situated at Manda Hill; close by to where the National Assembly building is established. The area was extended by European settlers in 1905 with the construction of the railway. During 1935, Lusaka was selected to replace Livingstone as the capital of the British colony of northern Rhodesia, due to it’s relatively central location on the railway. After the union of northern and southern Rhodesia in 1953, Lusaka became the heart of the independence movement, resulting in the formation of the Republic of Zambia. Zambia became the 9th African state to gain independence from the British colonialists in 1964, following which President Kaunda came into power, with Lusaka as the country’s capital.

Accommodation: Camp Eureka Camp or Similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Victoria Falls to Lusaka ±480 km
Included Highlight: View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls Bridge (no telephone number) Open: 06h00-20h00 Zambia: Victoria Falls Bridge (no telephone number) Open: 06h00-20h00

2020 Itinerary Change: Meals are included in the 2020 itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 22

Petauke, Zambia

Today we embark on a lengthy drive through luscious countrysides of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka passing over the Luangwa River to Petauke – the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. Purely African, Zambia is somewhat of an adjustment to the more Western culture we are accustomed to

Accommodation: Camp: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Lusaka to Petauke ±410 km

2020 Itinerary Change: Meals are included in the 2020 itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 23 - 24

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

In the morning, we depart from Petauke to the South Luangwa National Park border where we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River to spend the following two evenings. We stop briefly in the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton. For those interested in the Tribal Textiles of the African Culture, during the months of March to December you can enjoy a tour of their workshops. The next morning you will have a chance to embark on (optional) game drive or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. The South Luangwa National Park is well-known for its large population of leopard and hippo. We end the day with a sunset drive in the park and enjoy a sundowner. If you explore the park at night you may have an opportunity to spot the nocturnal animals you rarely see during the day.

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

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

Note: The Tribal textile production factory is closed annually from December to March, we will therefore not be able to view the fabric production, however the textile shop is open all year round

Accommodation: Wildlife Camp or similar
Facilities: Campsite with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Petauke to South Luangwa National Park ±170 km
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Included Highlight: Luangwa Village Tour (Textile visit)
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa
Nomad - South Luangwa National Park

2020 Itinerary Change: Meals are included in the 2020 itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). Enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luagwa Park as an included highlight in 2020.

Day 25

Lake Malawi – Malawi, Malawi

Today we depart South Luangwa National Park, Zambia and head for Malawi. Your home this evening is located on the edge of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the largest lakes in the world it is home to more species of fish than any other lake.

Accommodation Camp: Ngala Beach Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi ±560 km
Border Post: Zambia: Chipata / Nwami, Tel: + 265 622 1652, Open: 06h00-18h00 Malawi: Mchinji, Tel: +265 124 2217, Open: 06h00-18h00

2020 Itinerary Change: Meals are included in the 2020 itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 26 - 27

Northern Lake Malawi, Malawi

Today you relax and enjoy the magnificent views and sounds of Lake Malawi. You can laze around at the pool at your accommodation, snorkel or swim in Lake Malawi. There are a variety of optional activities on offer here. The following morning we make our way north and spend another night on the banks of Lake Malawi where you will enjoy a magnificent sunset over the lake. Your guide will help you plan your activities for the days ahead or you can simply take time out and to relax on the shore.

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

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

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

Accommodation: Camp: Ngala Beach Lodge (Day 1), Majizuwa (Day 2) or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Central Lake Malawi to North Lake Malawi
Included Highlight: Malawi Village Tour

Lake Malawi

2020 Itinerary Change: Meals are included in the 2020 itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). We visit a local village with our guide today – an included highlight on tour.

Day 28

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Today is for leisure and to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding lake. Enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling and swimming in the clear, calm waters of the lake. For the more adventurous travller, there is a Livingstonia hike you may want to participate in. Please note that this hike is strenuous and can take up to 10 – 12 hours to complete. For more information on the hike you can speak to your guide.

Accommodation: Camp: Majizuwa or similar
Facilities: Campsite with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Included Highlight: Livingstonia Hike

2020 Itinerary Change: Meals are included in the 2020 itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). In the afternoon we enjoy a walk through the small village of Ngala.

Day 29

Tanzania – Iringa, Tanzania

Departing from Malawi today, we make our way to Tanzania. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some remarkable mountain passes, passing enormous tea plantations in the highlands before eventually arriving at our stop in Iringa.

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

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

Accommodation: Camp: Kisolanza Farm
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa ±465km
Border Post: Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00 Tanzania: Chi’zumulu, Tel: +265 15 357 207, Open: 06h00-18h00.

2020 Itinerary Change: Meals are included in the 2020 itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 30

Mikumi, Tanzania

We depart from Iringa today and make our way north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to many lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. It is here that we have the chance to partake in an afternoon game drive through the park.

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

2020 Itinerary Change: Meals are included in the 2020 itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). The Mikumi Game Drive is an optional activity in 2020.

Day 31

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Today, our travels bring us out of the cool highland area to the hot Indian Ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam, meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic. Dar is Tanzania’s economic and trade capital, but inland, Dodoma remains the official capital city. On this day our tour comes to an end.

Accommodation: Own Arrangements/ Post tour accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Mikumi to Dar es Salaam ±195 km
Optional Activity: Dinner

Onward Travel Plans

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

Pre Departure

Important Touring Tips:

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

What are adventure tours?

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

What is a typical day?

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

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

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

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

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

What type of vehicles do we use?

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

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

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A CAMPING OR ACCOMMODATED TOUR

Camping Tours:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Accommodated Tours:

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

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

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

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

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

Distances and Road Conditions:

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

What will you eat on safari?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breakfast:

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

Lunch:

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

Dinner:

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

Drinks:

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

What about children on tour?

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

Packing for your tour:

Packing sensibly is essential for your Africa Overland trip. One backpack and one daypack are needed and these can weigh no more than 25kg. A duffel bag is preferable as it will fit into the lockers on the truck, but you can also take a backpack with a compact, flexible, soft shell (without a hard frame). Please do not take suitcases. The airlines implement a 20kg per person limit on international flights for your luggage (your main bag) and a further 5 kg for carry-on luggage (your day bag). A good idea is to include a spare bag for curios that you may purchase, but don’t forget to include this in your weight for your trip home. A moneybelt is a useful item for keeping your money safe and hidden.

Take along comfortable, casual and semi-casual “wash & wear” clothes. Cotton is a good material for when it is hot, and fleece for when it gets cold. Pack clothes that don’t crease easily as the laundry facilities are limited. Find clothes that can be mixed and matched easily and are colour co-ordinated. A great item of clothing is zip-off pants. These double-up as shorts or trousers and are useful for when the weather changes. Reversible clothes are also very convenient and will help to reduce space in your bag.

Clothes:

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

Beachwear:

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

Toiletries:

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

Sleepwear:

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

Medication/first aid kit:

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

Extras:

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

Laundry:

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

Safety on Game Drives:

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

Accommodation (Pre Tour):

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

Personal Health:

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

Vaccinations:

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

Malaria:

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

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

Water:

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

How others can reach you:

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

Photography:

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

Crew and Guides

Tour Crew:

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

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

The Guides:

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

Climate and Weather Conditions:

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

Street Vendors:

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

Passport:

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

Visa:

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

Insurance

Medical Insurance:

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

Travel Insurance:

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

Single Supplements:

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

Optional Activities:

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

What is a Local Payment?

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

Activity Package:

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

Money Matters:

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

Credit Cards:

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

Banking facilities:

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

Tipping:

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

Departure Tax:

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

Security:

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

Quality and Protection:

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

Quick Checklist

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

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