Cape Town to Kruger National Park Safari (Comfort) – 26 Days

Tour Details

Tour Style Comfort Top Pick
Length 26 days
Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Starts Cape Town
Ends Johannesburg
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 10 – 65 Years and older
Tour SKU ACS0416
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Why You'll Love this Tour

When it comes to diversity, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe are incredible - and the best way to take it in is on this adrenaline packed overland tour. We’ve handpicked the most breathtaking Southern African experiences and wrapped them into 26 days of pure, blood-pumping adventure. From canoeing on the Orange River, to climbing giant sand dunes, and capturing the big five (with your camera, of course) in the world famous Kruger National Park. This is how you travel Africa.

Tour Price

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Tour Reviews

Review by Heather B who traveled Cape Town to Kruger overland:

Every aspect of our 26 day tour was outstanding – and far exceeded our expectations. Ray and I, along with another couple, were the oldest – all 70ish, and the age range was from 26 – 70. A major positive was the range of. Every person had their own story and own reason for travelling – and all so interesting – and such variety was a feature of our experience.

Namibia was sensational – for me the highlight of our trip – stark and oh so remote with magnificent scenery and supreme isolation. The desert colours were different from those we experience in Australia and the scope of the sand dunes hard to comprehend. Time at the Okavango Delta was a major highlight – the flight illustrated the delta system so clearly, the accommodation and meals and overall hospitality totally unexpected and enjoyed by all. In fact Botswana was a surprise – Etosha National Park so remote and yet so rewarding with its magnificent array of animals and the harshness of the environment and the range of ethnicities – and the obvious pride of its people. Victoria Falls – as expected a world natural wonder – and our chosen experience of Walking with the Lions – an enriching and never to be forgotten afternoon which I still consider the major highlight of my trip.

We always felt secure and safe and well supported. Our guide and driver Mandela was outstanding from every perspective – so full of energy, so perceptive, with so much knowledge and an ability to keep us all going- even when 40+ and energy was flagging. His constant stopping to show us an interesting cultural feature – vegetation, a land form, an animal, an ethnic group – accompanied by the inevitable WOW – will remain with us forever. He was a marvel and to be so highly commended.

Review by Antjie W who traveled Cape Town to Kruger overland:

Hello Huntley – just wanted to let you know that I had the time of my life on this trip!!!! Thank you for helping me to make it happen. I am actually thinking about joining another tour soon – just can’t find out if I can get a visa Kenya on the border when entering from Tanzania.

Review by Sharon G who travelled Cape Town to Kruger overland:

The trip was absolutely fantastic. We had a great time. Saw heaps, ate heaps, drank heaps, laughed heaps, just an all round great trip. Almost saw the big 5, missed out on a lion, although we did walk with them and pat them in Vic Falls. Thank you for all your help in organising the tour, it really was just amazing.

Review by David and Narelyn who traveled Cape Town to Kruger overland:

Africa is a beautiful country and the people are very friendly. Not once did we feel threatened in any way, on the contrary, we felt as if we belonged sometimes. Thanks again for helping make our holiday a truly memorable one. We will return to Africa one day.

Review by Dennis B who traveled Cape Town to Kruger overland:

We had a truly marvellous time on the 3 tours you expertly arranged for us. We would like to thank you very sincerely for all your helpful advice, and the considerable work you put into arranging our itinerary. We are mindful that bookings and specific dates were at a premium but you negotiated these problems to provide us with an excellent itinerary that gave us a broad range of experiences, sights and of course lots of animals.

You always answered our many queries quickly and with all the needed information. We were impressed by your expertise and helpfulness. There is one regret. It would have been nice to have caught up with you in Cape Town and perhaps bought you a coffee but unfortunately this did not work out. We arrived on Friday 2nd September rather jet lagged and after settling into our hotel made our way to the waterfront then pursued other things over the week end and on Monday we met up with our daughter Julie and spent time with her (Your company also arranged her itinerary) and then it was onto the overland truck.

The Cape to Vic Falls accommodated tour was fantastic – the accommodation was above our expectations – sometimes 5 star and every day was a new and exciting adventure. Our tour leader Charles and cook Louise (and also trainee Anthony) were excellent and made the trip enjoyable. Highlights were Namibia sandhills, Etosha and Chobe NP and of course Victoria Falls where we stayed in luxury at Elephant Hills Resort. Anyhow, we just wanted to thank you for making our time in Africa such a memorable, adventurous and enjoyable holiday. We came away with a love of your land and its people. We felt it was a great privilege to see and do and experience it all.


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Currency estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)

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  • Meals - 25 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 21 Dinners
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport
  • Filtered Water
  • Entrance Fees to National Parks
  • Traditional Dinner
  • Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)
  • Ais-Ais Hot springs
  • Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
  • Sesriem Canyon/ Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
  • Tropic of Capricorn, Guided desert walk with local expert, Local restaurant dinner
  • Seal Colony at Cape Cross, Petrified Forest, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings,
  • Etosha Afternoon game drive in the vehicle, Full Day Game drive in truck
  • Kavango Morning Boat Cruise
  • Sunset Mokoro Excursion, Full Day Game Drive Moremi Game Reserve
  • Morning Pans excursion, Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Kruger Sundowner drive
  • Full-Day Kruger Park Game Drive in 4×4 Vehicles, The Panorama Route (God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels)
  • Morning Game Drive in the Truck


  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel 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
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips


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

Included in the Tour Price

  • Traditional Dinner
  • Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)
  • Ais-Ais Hot springs
  • Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground
  • Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvle
  • Tropic of Capricorn, Guided desert walk with local expert, Mirabilis trees, Lunar landscape
  • Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide
  • Brandberg White Lady hike
  • Etosha National Park Afternoon game drive in truck & Full Day Game drive in truck
  • Walk through Windhoek with your guide
  • San Tribal dance in evening
  • Full Day Game Drive through Savuti Game Reserve in 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Okavango Delta Morning Mokoro Excursion / Khwai Conservation Afternoon Game Drive
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Kruger National Park Sundowner Game Drive and Full-Day Game Drive in 4x4 Vehicles
  • The Panorama Route - God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels
  • Kruger Half-Day Morning Game Drive in the truck (4 hours)

Other Activities

Optional activities available on this tour at your own expense:

  • Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking
  • Okavango Delta scenic flight
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary)
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive
  • San Guided Walk (could take place the next morning)
  • Visit the Vic Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting


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. On route we stop at a traditional “Padstal” that sells homemade treats and bakes. Boasting some of the most picturesque mountains and orange farms, Cederberg is also home 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 20 meters. 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: Two Per Room: Marcuskraal
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Cape Town to Citrusdal
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Traditional Dinner

Day 2

Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River, Namibia

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. For those travelling during the spring months (July – September) you may experience the wild flowers renowned in this region.

Originally called the Nu Gariep (‘Great River’) by the native Nama people, the Orange River was renamed 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 is 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 River 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: Two per room: Felix Unite Cabanas or Norotshama Resort 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Citrusdal to Orange River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Spring Wild Flowers (Seasonal July – September)
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.Nomad - Norotshama lodge, Namibia

Day 3

Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River, Namibia

We have an opportunity to partake in an optional canoe trip down the Gariep 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 marvellous hot springs offered by our resort.

Meaning ‘burning water’ in the local language of Nama, Ai-Ais refers to the sulphurous 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 sulphur, chloride and fluoride, has an average temperature of approximately 60 degrees Celsius and is known to be a relaxing curative.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Ai Ais Resort or Canyon Roadhouse or Hobas
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Orange/Gariep River to Ai-Ais
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Ai-Ais Hot springs
Optional Activity: Half-day canoe trip

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. We also 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.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Schutzenhaus Guesthouse
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route : Fish River Canyon to Keetmanshoop
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights: Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon / Visit to Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Day 5

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Every journey has long travelling days and today we will venture deep into the Namib Desert. We make 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: Two Per Room Hammerstein Lodge or Weltevrede Guest Farm 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Keetmanshoop to Namib Naukluft National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sossusvle dunes

Day 6

Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

We begin our day climbing Dune 45 enjoying the magnificent views before making our way back down for a delicious breakfast. We hop onto a 4×4 and are transferred to Sossusvlei where you will embark on a walk through the salt pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Tonight we spend some time admiring the breathtaking view of the desert stars.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Boesman’s Camp or Weltevrede Guest Farm 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Hike up Dune 45, 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei / Sesriem Canyon

Day 7 - 8


Today we enjoy an educational desert excursion with our local guide before leaving the Namib and crossing the Tropic of Capricorn on the way from the Atlantic Coast. Continuing our journey in the Namib Naukluft National Park, we immerse ourselves in the natural surroundings as we stop at a desert waterhole to spot some desert game quenching their thirst. Following our time in the Namib Desert, we turn west and head into the sunset to our next destination, the bustling coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure awaits along with a welcome taste of civilization. As soon as we arrive in Swakopmund, we will be given the opportunity to choose from a variety of thrilling adventures. In the evening, we’ll go out for dinner at a local restaurant.

The following day 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: Two Per Room: Haus Garnison or Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or Stay@Swakop or Swakopmund Plaza
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Namibia Naukluft National Park to Swakopmund
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Tropic of Capricorn, Guided desert walk with local expert (this activity could take place the day before in the afternoon), Local restaurant dinner
Optional Activity: Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, Sandboarding, Quad biking

Day 9

Swakopmund – Khorixas, Namibia

A trip north will take us further into the desert, where hot desert sands meet the cold waves of the Atlantic Ocean. After arriving at Wlotskabaken, we will stop for a photo opportunity before proceeding to the Lichen Fields where your guide will provide a brief description of the Lichen Colonies. After visiting the Seal Colony at Cape Cross, which is known as the largest in the world with over 200,000 Cape Fur Seals, we will proceed to the famous Seal Colony at Cape York. The Cape Cross monument was erected by explorer Diego Cao in honour of the then king of Portugal, the first European explorer to set foot on the coast of Namibia in 1486. There may be times when the Cape Cross Colony is inaccessible, so we will not be able to see the seals.

Continuing on, the road takes us to the Khorixas area with a local guide, where we will see Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings and the Petrified Forest. The Khoi San have inhabited this area for more than 6000 years. Shamanism was practiced at this site by these inhabitants. The process resulted in the creation of more than 2500 rock paintings. A large concentration of rock petroglyphs can be found at this site. As part of the tour, we will also visit the Petrified Forest, a national monument that contains fossilized tree trunks dating back to prehistoric times. It was created by the washing down of great tree trunks in a river and their subsequent deposit in alluvial sands during prehistoric times.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: NWR: Khorixas or iGowati Country Hotel 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Swakopmund to Khorixas (via Cape Cross)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Seal Colony at Cape Cross, Petrified Forest, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings

Day 10 - 11

Khorixas –  Etosha National Park, Namibia

One of Africa’s finest game parks, Etosha is home to vast salt pans, savannas, and woodlands. One of the largest parks in Southern Africa, it occupies an area of 18 000 square kilometers. Our afternoon will be spent exploring Etosha in the truck, which means “great white area” in the Etosha language.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: NWR: Okuakuejo or Etosha Village
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Khorixas to Etosha National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in the vehicle

Day 12

Etosha National Park, Namibia

As we continue our exploration of Etosha on our second day, we have a full day available to us. During a safari, there is never a dull moment, and the suspense before that special sighting is what motivates us to remain alert and alert.  In search of the abundant wildlife in Etosha Pan, we explore its edges.

The third day of our trip to Etosha will be a leisurely one for you.  Spend some time at the waterhole watching the animals arrive for their morning drink of water or climb the Okaukuejo tower to watch the sun rise.  In the afternoon, we depart for our next Etosha camp – Namutoni, and enjoy a game drive on the way there.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Camp: Okaukuejo or Etosha Village (first night) or NWR: Namutoni or Halali (second night)
Facilities: En-suites facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Etosha National Park (Okaukuejo rest camp to Namutoni rest camp)
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Included Highlight: Full day and Afternoon Game Drive

Day 13

Etosha National Park – Divundu, Namibia

Our overnight stop in Divundu will take us away from the white sands of Etosha and towards the Kavango River.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Mahangu or Shametu River Lodge 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Etosha National Park to Divundu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Divundu – Maun, Botswana

A leisurely boat cruise on the beautiful Kavango River is enjoyed prior to departing for Maun. Our next stop is Botswana, where we will head towards Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. During our overnight stay in Maun, we prepare for our next adventure – a visit to the Okavango Delta.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sedia or Island Safari Lodge 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Divundu to Maun
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Morning Boat Cruise
Border Post: Namibia: Mohembo Tel:, Open: 07h00-24h00, Botswana: Mohembo, Tel:, Open: 07h00-24h00

Day 15 - 16

Khwai Conservation Area – Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

During the next two nights, you will be separated from your truck, so it is imperative that you pack/gather your personal belongings for our departure from Maun. We recommend that you pack lightly and take only what you will need for the next two nights. Our journey today takes us to the Okavango Delta. A scenic flight over the Delta will be available as an optional activity for early risers (weather permitting). The Khwai Conservation Area will be visited after you have taken your optional flight from Maun. Smaller safari-type vehicles will be used to transport you to the area following your flight. During our afternoon mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta, our guide will prepare us for what to expect.

The Moremi Game Reserve is the setting for our full day game drive today, as we strive to track the animals roaming the plains. In our 4×4 vehicles, we will traverse some bumpy roads in this wilderness area. Our goal is to see as many species of fauna and flora as possible by providing habitats including wetland, open water, grasslands, and Savannah woodland. The night will be spent at Khwai sharing and comparing all the wonderful sightings we witnessed on safari.

Accommodation: Two per permanent Tent: Khwai Tented Camp (no website available)
Facilities: En-suite facilities
Route: Maun to Khwai Conservation area to Moremi Game Reserve
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Included Highlight: Sunset Mokoro Excursion, Full Day Game Drive Moremi Game Reserve
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

Day 17

Khwai to Nata, Botswana

The journey from Khwai to Nata today passes through the Botswanan salt pans.  Once you have packed up camp and started driving the open 4×4 safari vehicles, you will meet the overland truck in Maun at first light.  Botswana’s stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage are revealed as one drives from Maun to Nata along the scenic route. Before reaching your overnight destination in Nata, keep your eyes peeled as there is always the possibility of encountering wildlife.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Nata Lodge or Elephant Sands Lodge 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Khwai Conservation Area to Nata (long day)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18

Nata to Kasane – Chobe National Park, Botswana

We enjoy a guided drive around the Nata pans this morning, where thousands of water birds breed, including pelicans and flamingos. After the guided excursion we then make our way to Kasane to our camp situated on the banks of the Chobe River. Our afternoon is spent exploring the Chobe National Park. 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: Two Per Room: Thebe River Lodge
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nata to Kasane
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Morning Pans excursion, Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

Day 19

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

In the morning, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls with the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds. During your visit to Victoria Falls today, you will have the opportunity to experience the spectacular Waterfalls, known locally as Mosi-oa Tunya (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. Additionally, craft markets and coffee shops are available for those seeking a more relaxed travel experience.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Shearwater Explorers Village
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional Activities: Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Border Post: Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320 / Open: 06h00-20h00 Zimbabwe: Kzangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 20

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

There are many activities available in Victoria Falls, so today is the perfect day to choose the adventure that appeals to you most. The day is yours to enjoy the many attractions available at Victoria Falls, whether you choose to raft the mighty Zambezi River or take a flight over the falls.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Shearwater Explorers Village
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

Day 21

Victoria Falls to Francistown, Botswana

An early departure from Victoria Falls, we drive south through Botswana towards Francistown. We arrive at our accommodation for the evening located just outside of the town.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Woodlands Lodge or Diggers Inn 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Victoria Falls to Francistown
Meals: Dinner (pre-prepared frozen meal selection)
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-18h00, Botswana: Kazangula Road, +267 625-0320/1303, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 22

Francistown to Johannesburg, South Africa

Another early departure, we enter into South Africa by crossing the border and enjoy a picturesque drive to Johannesburg arriving in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Garden Court OR Tambo International 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Francistown to Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast (continental selection)
Border Post: Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 4940 254, Open: 08h00-18h00. South Africa: Groblersbrug, Tel: +27 (0) 14 767 1019, Open: 08h00-18h00

Day 23

Johannesburg – Kruger National Park, South Africa

We depart from Johannesburg early today, journeying through the Mpumalanga province on the way to the magnificent Kruger National Park. Once we’ve settled in at our base for the following three nights, we set off and enjoy a sunset game drive. Keep a look out for gleaming eyes in the dark and keep your camera at the ready!

Accommodation: Two Per Permanent Tents: Nkambeni Reserve
Facilities: En-suite per tent Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger National Park Area ±480 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Sundowner Drive

Day 24 - 25

Kruger National Park – Panorama Route, South Africa

In the morning we make our way into the park and spend a full day of game viewing. We explore the park in a 4×4 open top game driving vehicle in the Kruger, providing you with many incredible photographic opportunities, all the while keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife. Keep a lookout for Africa’s ‘Big 5’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) as well as a wide range of other animal and bird species.

The following morning we make our way out of the Kruger National Park passing through the incredible Panorama Route, making a stop at the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels and God’s Window. We return to our camp in the early evening.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Nkambeni Reserve
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Included Highlight: Full-Day Kruger Park Game Drive in 4×4 Vehicles, The Panorama Route – God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels

Day 26

Kruger National Park – Johannesburg, South Africa

Embarking on our last game drive through the park before making our way to Johannesburg. Arriving in the afternoon where our tour comes to an end.

Johannesburg, or the ‘City of Gold’, is the biggest and most populated South African city and is the second biggest city in all of Africa (after Cairo). Gold was discovered in the mineral-rich Witwatersrand in 1886 by George Harrison, an Australian prospector. His discovery started a massive gold rush as fortune-hunters flocked to the region from all parts of the world. A large labour force of contract workers quickly sprung to work in the mines, and within the span of just three years, Johannesburg transformed into South Africa’s biggest settlement. This city is now the economic and financial centre of the country and though mining no longer takes place within the bounds of the city, the headquarters of the majority of mining businesses can be located here. Johannesburg is also renowned as the world’s biggest man-made forest, with more than ten million trees planted throughout the massive city.

Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post-tour accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Included Highlight: Morning Game Drive in the overland truck

Onward Travel Plans

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

Pre Departure

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.

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.


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:


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).


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.


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.


Tea, coffee and cordial drinks are supplied with meals. Soft drinks 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.

Locker Sizes:

Overland Truck Locker Size


  • 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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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 it will help to reduce space in your bag
  • 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


  • There will be washing facilities at most campsites which you can make use of.
  • Please remember to bring some environmentally friendly washing powder or detergent.
  • 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 meeting as it covers important information you need to know for your trip.
  • 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.


  • 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 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 can be cured.


  • 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.


  • You are not permitted to take photographs at the border crossing, bridges, government buildings and military institutions.
  • No photographs of the army or 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 a selection of 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.


  • 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.
  • Avoid using more than one passport to avoid visa payments when travelling.


  • 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.


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.
  • Visa cards 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, USD20, USD10 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 50USD – 200USD 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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