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19 Day Cape Town to Livingstone Overland Tour (Under 39’s)

19 Day Cape Town to Livingstone Overland allowing you to see the highlights of Namibia, Botswana and Vic Falls, Zambia

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  • Departing: 04/11/2017 | 20% discount | Tour price: ZAR16,960
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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
Starts Cape Town
Ends Livingstone
Group Size Max 24
Age Range 18 - 39 Years
 

 

19 Day Cape Town to Livingstone Overland Tour (Under 39’s) Tour Overview

Departing from Cape Town
Ends in
Livingstone

This Cape Town to Livingstone Overland provides a broad insight into Southern and East Africa’s grandest attractions. Our unique itinerary has been carefully mapped to maximise your experience in the time you spend exploring this magnificent continent. We take you on a tour from the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, to the gigantic sand dunes in ancient deserts, to the tranquillity of the Chobe River to the final destination; the almighty Victoria Falls. This tour will leave you with wonderful memories to cherish forever.

  • Price Beat Guaranteed
  • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)

Highlights

  • Cape Town Township Tour*
  • Sesriem Canyon
  • Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
  • Dune 45
  • Spitzkoppe Bushman Paintings
  • Etosha National Park Game Drives
  • Kalahari Bushman Walk
  • Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
  • Chobe National Park, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise and Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Victoria Falls Visit
*Highlight is part of the Adventure Activity Package Pass

Included

  • All tour highlights
  • 2 person dome tents
  • Fully equipped safari vehicles
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • Mattresses
  • Service of two crew
  • All road and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Meals as indicated

Excluded

  • Adventure Activity Package Pass excursions (optional)
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Tips, drinks and items of a personal nature
  • NB: Lunches and dinners in Swakopmund and Livingstone and dinner in Windhoek are not included in the tour price.

SKU: CAE2510
 

19 Day Cape Town to Livingstone Overland Tour (Under 39’s) Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Town, South Africa

The tour begins in the beautiful Mother City, Cape Town – one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Before leaving the city, we take a tour to the Cape Flats, one of Cape Town’s intriguing townships where you visit the local people and community projects in the area. After spending some time here, we head northward to the fruit growing region of Citrusdal. Camp this evening is near to Olifants River where you overlook the stunning Cederberg Mountains. You can visit a wine cooperative as an optional excursion and learn about and taste the wines while viewing the surrounding winelands. Spend you evening meeting the rest of the group and enjoy the first night under the African Sky.

Accommodation: Highlanders Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Lunch included on township tour, Dinner
Distance travelled: +/-260 Km
Approx driving time: 4.5 Hours
Optional Activities: Wine tasting US$10

Day 2

Western Cape – Gariep (Orange) River, South Africa

Carrying on north, we make our way to the more drier and rockier region where we head towards the Namibian border crossing at Vooilsdrift. Camp this evening is on the Namibian side of the Gariep (Orange) River. In the afternoon you will be briefed on what you an expect the next day. The camp provides you with comfort like hot shpwers, flush toilets, grassy campsites, swimming pool, bar facilities and the Orange river is safe for a swim. Spend a night under the stars of the Ritchtersveld – a beathtaking peaceful experience.

Accommodation: Felix Unite – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance travelled: +/-400 Km
Approx driving time: 8 Hours
Optional Activities: Canoe safari US$40

Day 3

Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Today you have the chance to embark on an optional canoe safari out on the river in the morning, if you did not take part the previous night. If you opt out of this, you are always free to unwind on the edge of the water for a while before we pack up and leave, before arriving at the wonderful Fish River Canyon. This incredible Canyon is around 500 metres deep and over 160 kilometres long, and is known as the second largest canyon in the whole world! Photographic opportunities are plentiful this afternoon as we take in the breathtaking descent of the sun from the canyon’s infamous sharp river bend known as ‘Hell’s Corner’. This is a fantastic chance to locate a quiet spot where you can relax and simply admire the pure beauty of your African surrounds.

Trip Highlights: Namibia’s barren landscape, Fish River Canyon
Accommodation: Canyon Roadhouse – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 180kms
Approximate Driving Time: 3.5 hours
Optional Activities: Canoe safari US$40

Day 4

Fish River Canyon – Sesriem, Namibia

Following an evening spent nearby the canyon we continue north until arriving at Sesriem – the gateway to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, containing the world’s oldest desert and highest sand dunes. The Namib-Naukluft National Park is the largest in Africa and fourth largest in all the world, encompassing part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft Mountain Range. It is bigger than Switzerland, with an overall area of approximately 50,000 square km. We camp here for the night, under the star-speckled Namibian sky.

Trip Highlights: Namibian Desert
Accommodation: Little Sossus Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 600kms
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours

Namibia Sesriem Canyon Tours

Day 5

Namib Naukluft National Park -Sossus On Foot Camp, Namibia

We head off for an early hike this morning, all the way to the top of the breathtaking Dune 45, where we have the exquisite opportunity of watching the African sun rise slowly across this vast desert. Brace yourself for this trek, as the dune is 300m high! After a filling breakfast to regain your strength, you can opt to embark on an optional nature walk in the more popular area of Sossusvlei, with more sand dunes and kilometres of stark desert landscape to take in. As the sun continues to rise the dunes change colour before your eyes, allowing for striking photographic opportunities. After a day well-spent amongst the dunes we head back to Solitaire, where we spend the evening relaxing at camp.

Trip Highlights: Sunrise in the Namib desert, Dune 45 sunrise
Accommodation: Sossus On Foot Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance travelled: +/-240kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours
Optional Activities: Desert Experience US$25

Day 6 - 7

Solitaire – Swakopmund, Namibia

We leave Solitaire today, journeying on to the Atlantic coast where we spend the next two nights. We cross over the Tropic of Capricorn and allow some time for some fantastic photographic opportunities. Swakopmund is cooler, with the Atlantic sea air drifting in off coast. There are some wonderful adventure activities for you to try out here, such as quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving, and much more. Alternatively, you can take a walk through to town where you can spend time visiting the shops, restaurants, museum and art galleries. There is also a lovely promenade on which to enjoy a long stroll, sip on a cold drink or grab a bite to eat. The following day is free to enjoy the optional activities available on offer here.

Please note: For the sake of practicality, meals in Swakopmund are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back for meal times. Swakopmund town offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals (allow ZAR 50-100 per meal). Relax and enjoy these days at your own leisure.

Trip Highlights: Tropic of Capricorn, Swakopmund
Accommodation: Amanpuri Dorm bed
Meals included: Breakfast x2
Distance Covered: +/- 260kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4.5 hours
Optional Activities: Sandboarding US$50, Quad Biking US$65, Skydiving US$240 , Deep sea fishing US$120, scenic flights US$300, Swakopmund Township Tour US$40

Day 8

Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Today we leave the coast to head inland into Damaraland before stopping off at Spitzkoppe, where we take a look at some of the incredible ancient bushman paintings on display. The rock formations are wonderfully intriguing, with some peaking at 1800m above sea level, providing visitors with breath-taking views. Be sure to have a look at ‘Bushman Paradise’, a famous rock painting in the area.

The Spitzkoppe Restcamp nestles at the base of the mountain and is owned and looked after by the local community. The proceeds from your stay here goes directly back to the community.

Trip Highlights: Damaraland, Spitkoppe, Bushmen paintings
Accommodation: Spitzkoppe Community Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared basic toilet facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 150kms
Approximate Driving Time: 3 hours

spitzkoppe

Day 9

Spitzkoppe to Etosha, Namibia

From Spitzkoppe we turn north again making our way to Etosha National Park which surrounds a central salt depression or ‘pan’. This is a fantastic game-viewing spot that allows for wonderful visibility of the reserve’s animals that make their way down to drink. The Park also offers not only an abundance, but an array of wildlife, in total supporting about 114 mammals and 340 bird species. The following two nights are spent here and camp  is near a floodlit waterhole where you have the chance of spotting elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion and hyena. Trip Highlights: Etosha National Park, Floodlit waterhole game viewing. We enjoy a brief game drive upon entering the park and making our way to the camp for the evening.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo or Namatoni Camp or Halali camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-420 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 6 hours

Day 10

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Enjoy a full day of game driving in the beautiful Etosha National Park. Keep an eye out for the elephant, rhino, zebra and large amounts of other animals around the waterhole. Despite the land being of its dry nature, the park is home to a wide variety of bird species. We make our way back to the camp or onto the following camp, where we enjoy our last evening around the floodlit waterholes.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo or Halali or Namutoni Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance travelled:+/- 250 Km (in the park)
Approximate Driving Time: Full day including game drives

Day 11

Etosha National Park – Windhoek, Namibia

Today we make our way south to the capital of Namibia, Windhoek. The german influenced city is home to approximately 200 000 people. Characterised by the increasing German style buildings, this acts as a reminder of Namibia’s early colonial history. Enjoy an evening out at one of the local restaurants.

Accommodation: Urban Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance travelled: +/- 420 Km
Approximate Driving Time: 8.5 hours

Day 12

Windhoek – Ghanzi, Botswana

Parting from Windhoek we make our way to the Kalahari region, crossing into Botswana and making our way to Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert. In the midst of seemingly barren terrain we meet up with the San Bushmen and are treated to a guided bush walk, as well as a genuine cultural experience in which we learn about these ancient people’s way of life. We are taught about how the San harness nature and manage the renewable resources around them to their maximum without damaging the fragile balance of their ecosystem. Our support of this ecotourism venture provides the San Bushmen with a sustainable income, helping to keep their fascinating culture alive. At night, you are welcomed to experience the ancient dance rituals of the San Bushmen around a campfire. On special occasions, this could be a healing or trance dance that can continue throughout the night. It is an intense spiritual experience for the participants and audience alike that is simply unforgettable.

Trip Highlights: Kalahari Desert, San/Bushmen culture
Accommodation: Ghanzi Trailblazers, camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-530kms
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours
Optional Activities: Traditional dancing US$15

Day 13

Ghanzi – Maun, Botswana

Making our way to Maun today, famous for being the fifth biggest town in Botswana, as well as it being the entrance to the magnificent Okavango Delta. Been developed from a rural town to a community, it can still be seen on the riverbanks, grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle.

Today, Maun is a thriving tourist town that is infamous for its influx of donkeys and goats. These animals can usually be found around town waiting to transport the wares of their owners (local traders and farmers alike).

N.B. There is an option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta, either on this day, or 2 days later.

Trip Highlights: Maun
Accommodation: Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-280kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5.5 hours
Optional Activities: Okavango Delta scenic flight per 5- seater plane – 45 min flight time US$ 600

Day 14

Maun – Okavango Delta, Botswana

An open 4×4 truck transports us to the mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) station as we head to the Okavango Delta today – a natural wetland spreading over a massive portion of northern Botswana. The Okavango River rises farther to the north in Angola and flows south, dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to create an intricate floodplain of channels that spreads out into a broad, flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. Amongst the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels, the local Tswana polers guide us along the still waters in search of hippo, crocodile, and elephant, as well as a stunning variety of birdlife. We travel to our island camp later in the day and spend some time exploring the area on a fascinating walking safari. The Okavango is an extremely well-preserved area that makes camping amongst the bushes and rivers whilst listening to the soothing sounds of the African night a truly beautiful, memorable and authentic experience.

Trip Highlights: Okavango Delta, dugout canoe, walking safari
Accommodation: Elephant Camp, Twin share pre-erected tents with en-suite facilities (basic-style bucket shower & toilet)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 50kms
Approximate Driving Time: transfer 2 hours

okavango delta

Day 15

Okavango Delta to Maun, Botswana

This morning we make our way out of the Okavango Delta back to the polers station from where we drive back to Maun, and we spend the night here. Our aim to be back at camp around lunch time to allow for the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight over this spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. The afternoon is free to relax at the camp’s pool.

Accommodation: Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-360kms
Approximate Driving Time: transfer 2 hour
Optional Activities: Okavango Delta scenic flight per 5- seater plane – 45 min flight time US$600

Day 16

Maun – Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana

Departing from the Okavango Delta, we head towards our campsite at Elephant Sands Lodge situated just north of the small town of Nata. The camping area is completely unfenced, leaving wild animals to frequent the lodge’s waterhole as they please, quenching their thirst caused by the dry and dusty Kalahari Desert. If luck is on our side, we might get to see some elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, giraffe and possibly even the odd lion or wild dog. We spend the day relaxing next to our waterhole (which doubles as the swimming pool), observing nature’s bounty at its best.

Trip Highlights: Roaming wildlife
Accommodation: Elephant Sands Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-380 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 Hours
Optional Activities: Morning bush walk US$ 18, evening game drive US$ 20

Day 17

Elephant Sands, Nata – Kasane, Botswana

We head toward the northern corner of Botswana today towards the town of Kasane – the gateway to Chobe National Park. Famous for being the third biggest park in its country and is the most eclectic in terms of the animals it is home to, which includes the famous America Fish Eagle. Today we embark on a ‘Fish Eagle’ game viewing cruise along the Chobe River, giving us a fantastic chance to witness hippo, elephant and buffalo heading to the river’s edge to bathe and drink. The Chobe River, which runs along the north-east border of the park, is a major watering spot for big, breeding herds of elephants as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The puku antelope can only be seen in one place in Botswana, the flood plains – thus giving you a chance to spot these fascinating animals. Birdlife also thrives here, and during flooding, spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to this area.

Trip Highlights: Chobe National Park, Chobe River, Afternoon Game Cruise
Accommodation: Thebe River Lodge  – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-270 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours

Day 18

Kasane – Livingstone, Zambia

Leaving Kasane, we board the ferry to cross the merging Chobe and Zambezi Rivers into Zambia. Previously known as Northern Rhodesia, Zambia derived its name from the Zambezi River at independence that came in 1964. The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in all of Africa, following the Nile, Congo and Niger, and is also the largest, flowing into the Indian Ocean. We make a visit to the Victoria Falls today. At various times of the year, the spray from this mighty waterfall can be seen from up to 30 kilometres away, giving it the local name ‘Mosi au Tunya’ meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. Amongst the excitement of this excursion, don’t forget your raincoat to protect you and your camera from delightful splashes of water.

We set up camp at the Waterfront campsite located on the banks of the Zambezi River which is just a few kilometres from Victoria Falls and the small town of Livingstone. The campsite itself is tremendous and it is there that we will be given a full briefing that provides any information on all activities in the area (including rafting, canoeing, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horseriding, scenic flights, river cruises, etc.), allowing you to plan out your time accordingly.The campsite reception will also be available to provide you with information on transport and restaurants to visit during your stay here.

PLEASE NOTE: For the sake of practicality, meals in the Livingstone/Victoria Falls area are restricted to breakfasts only. This allows you to take on half or full day activities (several of which include lunch) without being rushed back to camp for group mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the stunning Zambezi River and offers a fine selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US $15 – $30 per meal). Unwind and enjoy these couple of days at your own leisure or, alternatively, feel free to catch a taxi or free shuttle into Livingstone.

Trip Highlights: Ferry crossing the Chobe/Zambezi River confluence, Victoria Falls visit
Accommodation: Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast (All)
Distance Covered: +/-80kms
Approximate Driving Time: 1.5 hours
Optional Activities: Bungy jumping US$160, Full day abseil US$180, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk US$110, Chief Mukumi village tour US$50, gorge swing US$95, Zambezi jet boat and cable car US$120, Half day canoe US$110, Zambezi sunset cruise US$85, Full day white water rafting US$160, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from US$ 170, half day fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65

Day 19

Livingstone, Zambia

We indulge in one last delicious breakfast with our group this morning before our trip officially comes to an end. For other travelers continuing they have the day to explore.

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities (Only for Travellers who continue on tour). No Accommodation is provided if this is your last day.
Meals: Breakfast

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.

 

19 Day Cape Town to Livingstone Overland Tour (Under 39’s) Activities

Included in Adventure Activity Package Pass:

  • Cape Town Township Tour*
  • Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
  • Okavango Delta
  • Chobe Fish Eagle Boat Cruise
  • Chobe NP Morning Game Drive
*Highlight is part of the Adventure Activity Package Pass


Other Activities

Namibia

  • Quad Biking $65
  • Sand Boarding $50
  • Deep Sea Fishing $110
  • Scenic flights $245
  • Tandem skydive $210
  • Swakopmund Township Tour $40
  • Kayaking $65
Botswana
  • Okavango scenic flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time $470
  • Bushman Traditional dancing $15
South Africa
  • Orange River Canoeing $40
  • Wine Tasting $10
Livingstone
  • Vic Falls bungee (single/tandem) $160
  • Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk $110
  • Chief Mukumi Village Tour $50
  • Gorge Swing $95
  • Zambezi Jet Boating & Cable Car From $120
  • Half day Canoe Safari $110
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise $85
  • White Water Rafting – full day $160
  • Helicopter /Microlight flight over the Falls From $170
  • Fishing – Half day $145
  • Bridge Tour $65
  • Full day absail $180
Subject to change

 

19 Day Cape Town to Livingstone Overland Tour (Under 39’s) Dates

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19 Day Cape Town to Livingstone Overland Tour (Under 39’s) Pre Departure

Pre-Departure Information

Pre-Departure Meeting

  • Pre-departure meetings are usually held the evening before the tour starts.
  • Most overland tours begin in Nairobi, Kampala, Dar es salaam, Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Windhoek, Swakopmund, Cape Town or Johannesburg and held on the evening prior to the safari departure date at 6pm.

Zanzibar Excursion

  • If Zanzibar is included in your tour, you will enjoy an excursion to the Zanzibar Island which includes a ferry ride for about approximately 2 hours
  • The overland vehicle remains in Dar es salaam while you explore the island.
  • Your accommodation on the island is included on the Adventure Pass, but not the meals (Lunch and Dinner)
  • More information on the tour will be given while on tour
  • You will only need a backpack for your excursion to the island (Your main back pack will be left at the truck).
  • A list of items to pack for your excursion are the following:
  • Passport (the island considers itself ‘apart’ and you must carry your passport when entering and leaving)
  • Yellow Fever Certificate (Compulsory!)
  • Change of clothes in your day pack, swimsuit, sun screen, hat, small first aid kit and towel, anti-malarials
  • Money : * US$ 10 – $25 per day (other meals)
  • US$ 75 – 150 (drinks, curious, local tours, etc)

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
  • All meals are served from the truck unless specified otherwise
  • 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.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A CAMPING OR ACCOMMODATED TOUR

Camping Tours:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Accommodated Tours:

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

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

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

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

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

Distances and Road Conditions:

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

What will you eat on safari?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breakfast:

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

Lunch:

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

Dinner:

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

Drinks

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

What about children on tour?

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

Packing for your tour:

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

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

Clothes:

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

Beachwear:

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

Toiletries:

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

Sleepwear:

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

Medication/first aid kit:

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

Extras:

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

Laundry:

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

Safety on Game Drives:

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

Accommodation (Pre Tour):

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

Personal Health:

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

Vaccinations:

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

Malaria:

  • Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes and is more prevalent in areas where there are high concentrations.
  • Malaria is a serious problem in Africa, but if you are cautious and use mosquito repellent and take your malaria tablets you will be safe.
  • Main points to keep in mind about malaria:
    o Cover your skin with long shirts, pants and socks as most mosquito bites occur below the knee.
    o Make sure your mosquito net is tightly closed and doesn’t have any holes in it.
    o Use an effective prophylactic and speak to your doctor about options for anti-malarial tablets
    o Always cover yourself with mosquito repellent, especially at sunset.
    o Please know that malaria cannot be cured!

Water:

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

How others can reach you:

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

Photography:

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

Crew and Guides

Tour Crew:

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

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

The Guides:

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

Climate and Weather Conditions:

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

Street Vendors:

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

Passport:

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

Visa:

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

Insurance

Medical Insurance:

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

Travel Insurance:

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

Single Supplements:

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

Optional Activities:

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

What is a Local Payment?

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

Activity Package:

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

Money Matters:

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

Departure Tax:

  • Various countries require you to pay an Airport Departure Tax 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)

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 flights 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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