Cape Town to Nairobi Tour (Comfort) (42 Days)

Tour Details

Tour Style Comfort Top Pick
Length 42 days
Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
Starts Cape Town
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 12 – 65 Years and older
Tour SKU ACE0472
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Why You'll Love this Tour

Safari drives in the Serengeti? Check! A river Cruise in Chobe National Park? Check. Comfortable accommodation? Big Check! We’ve left no stone unturned when putting together this legendary itinerary. All you need to do is kick back discover the stunning wilderness and vibrant cultures of eight countries across the continent. This is how you travel Africa.

Tour Price

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+ Single Supplement 20600


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+ Single Supplement 23072

Tour Reviews

Review by Maretha who traveled Cape Town to Nairobi:

It was really awesome! I did not want to come back . I will always remember this trip with loads of fond memories . The places I experienced, the people I met and the culture I was exposed to – it was just great !

The guides were fantastic. I only have the best of things to say about the guides!!

Review by Paul Wong who traveled Cape Town to Nairobi:

Our 52D three trips of Africa were absolutely amazing! The best parts of the tours, in my view, were the safaris in Etosha, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, thanks for Nicky to assist us for the whole journey. Our guides & drivers of Nomads were super dedicated, looking after all the members of the two groups(from Cape Town yo Kenya).

It was clear how much effort they put into ensuring the group would have an unforgettable experience. We saw the big five and many animals. Furthermore, the private tour at Kenya was fortunate enough to see the migration at Masa River. The Driver was always helpful to advise and introduce the wildlife there. I would recommend the trip I did to anyone if wish to Africa!

Dates Tour Length: 42 days


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Included

  • Meals - 39 x Breakfast, 39 x Lunch, 39 x Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • 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 and Full Day Game Drive
  • Kavango River Morning Boat Cruise
  • Sunset Mokoro Excursion, Full Day Game Drive Moremi Game Reserve
  • Morning Pans excursion
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Luangwa Market visit, Mulberry Mongoose Curio Visit
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Lake Malawi Village walk with tour leader
  • Morning Coffee Plantation Visit
  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Stone Town walking city tour, Spice Tour
  • Mto wa Mbu Market (Karatu)
  • Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and afternoon drive into Seronera
  • Full day game Drive through Seronera, Serengeti National Park

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance) and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • Entrance fees (associated with optional activities)
  • Optional Activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks - alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

Activities

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
  • Okavango Delta Morning Mokoro Excursion / Khwai Conservation Afternoon Game Drive
  • Full Day Game Drive through Savuti Game Reserve in 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge
  • South Luangwa Textile visit
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Malawi Village Tour
  • Coffee Plantation Visit
  • Zanzibar Excursion, Prison Island boat trip/ Walking Spice Tour
  • Full day 4x4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and afternoon drive into Seronera
  • Game Drive through Seronera, Serengeti National Park


Other Activities

Optional activities available on this tour at your own expense:

  • Half-day canoe trip
  • Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, Sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner
  • Okavango Delta scenic flight
  • Victoria Falls National Park Entry, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
  • Lower Zambezi National Park game drive, River Safari
  • Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa
  • Waterfall Hike
  • Mikumi Game Drive, Mikumi National Park Safaris / Cultural Tours, Zanzibar Excursion
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari

Itinerary


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

Swakopmund

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

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 11 - 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-suites 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, Namibia

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 - 20

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Livingstone, Zambia

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.

Taking advantage of the many activities that are available in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia), today offers the ideal opportunity to go on the adventure that best suits your interests. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.  As your tour continues tomorrow from Livingstone, your accommodation for tonight has been booked in Livingstone.  You can however spend the day in Victoria Falls and transfer over to Livingstone in the late afternoon.  The transfer from Victoria Falls to Livingstone is included in your tour.  Depending on your preference, you can book an early morning (08:00) or late afternoon (16:00) transfer.  At the time of booking, please inform your booking agent of your preferred time.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Shearwater Explorers Village (Day 1), Victoria Falls Waterfront, Livingstone, Zambia (Day 2)
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional Activity: Victoria Falls National Park Entry, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
Border Post: Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50320 / Open: 06h00-20h00, Zimbabwe: Kzangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00


Day 21

Lusaka, Zambia

We travel toward the lively city of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. We catch a last glimpse of Victoria Falls from the Zambian side before we head off on a long day of travel. As we travel through Zambia, we see colourful markets, busy villages, and rural scenes as our first impressions of East Africa are formed. Our guides brief us on the days ahead as we enjoy a prepared meal on arrival.

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

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

Accommodation Two Per Room: Eureka Camp
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Victoria Falls to Lusaka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 22 - 23

Petauke – South Luangwa National Park , Zambia

Today we embark on a lengthy drive through luscious countrysides of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. We pass over the Luangwa River to Petauke – the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. Purely African, Zambia is somewhat of an adjustment to the more Western culture we are accustomed to. We stop at Luangwa Market, an exciting marketplace where local Zambian vendors display their products. The display includes masau and masaku, two delectable fruits available throughout the year and renowned for their mouthwatering taste. Further, we observe another array of African curios, including charming miniature hippos, intricately woven baskets, and papyrus carpets that add to the colourful tapestry of this bustling market.

The next day we depart from Petauke to the South Luangwa National Park border where we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. A stop at Mulberry Mongoose is in order to view their local jewelry and curios, which are made from organic materials derived from the African bush by local women from South Luangwa. It is in the Chipata area that we see a great deal of cotton production and we also see a glimpse of the creativity of African culture. Enjoy a cold drink and enjoy one of the finest sunsets on the banks of the Luangwa River.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge (Petauke), Two per Permanent Tents: Wildlife Camp (South Luangwa)
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lusaka to Petauke, Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Included Highlight: Market visit, Mulberry Mongoose Curio Visit

Nomad - South Luangwa National Park


Day 24

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

In the morning you will have a chance to embark on an (optional) game drive or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. The South Luangwa National Park is well-known for its large population of leopard and hippo. We end the day with a sunset drive in the park and enjoy a sundowner. If you explore the park at night you may have an opportunity to spot the nocturnal animals you rarely see during the day.

Accommodation: Two Per Permanent Tents: Wildlife Camp
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: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa


Day 25 - 26

Lake Malawi – Malawi, Malawi

As we board our truck this morning, we head for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. It is our intention to spend the evening on the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift System. There are more species of fish in this lake than in any other lake in the world, since it is one of the ten largest in the world. The lake extends over 500 kilometers along the western frontier of Malawi, making it one of the ten largest lakes in the world. This natural wonder is our home for the night.

Our focus today is on the lake, and we have reserved this day for you to relax on the shore.  During your free time, you may enjoy reading a book, taking in the sun, or taking part in one of the many recreational activities available. An optional hike to the nearby Dwanbazi Waterfall may be arranged with a local guide if you wish. This waterfall offers a breath-taking view from its summit, and is just a 30-minute drive from Nglala Beach Hotel. There is also the possibility that we will have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the pristine waters surrounded by the lush greenery and natural splendor of the surrounding area, depending on the weather.

Accommodation: Two per room: Ngala Beach Lodge
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
Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi
Optional Activity: Waterfall Hike
Border Post: Zambia: Chipata / Nwami, Tel: + 265 622 1652, Open: 06h00-18h00, Malawi: Mchinji, Tel: +265 124 2217, Open: 06h00-18h00
Lake Malawi


Day 27

Lake Malawi, Malawi

After our overnight on the shores of Lake Malawi, we will be back on the road for most of the day.  In the afternoon, we will participate in a village walk through a nearby village with the help of our guide.  The sunset over the lake can be enjoyed from the beach after the walk.

Accommodation: Two per room: Chitimba 
Facilities
: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Central Lake Malawi to North Lake Malawi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Village walk with tour leader


Day 28

Mbeya Region, Tanzania

As we leave this morning, we will travel further north into Tanzania in order to reach the Utengule Coffee Lodge, where we will spend the night.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Utengule Coffee Lodge 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Border Post: Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00, Tanzania (Kasumulu border): Chi’zumulu, Tel: +265 15 357 207, Open: 06h00-18h00
Wildebeest of Tanzania


Day 29

Iringa, Tanzania

Departing from Mbeya, a stop will be made at a local coffee plantation, where we will be able to see how coffee beans are grown and harvested as well as try some samples before making our way to Iringa. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some remarkable mountain passes, passing enormous tea plantations in the highlands before eventually arriving at our stop in Iringa.

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

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

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kisolanza Farm
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Morning Coffee Plantation Visit


Day 30

Mikumi, Tanzania

We journey to Mikumi National Park this morning. The Baobab Valley in Tanzania is our first stop. There is something mesmerizing about this landscape dotted with ancient, towering baobab trees that have endured the test of time. With their striking shadows cast against the African savannah, these iconic trees create a surreal and breath-taking scene, which is the perfect backdrop for a group photograph. After reaching Mikumi, we explore the 75 000 square kilometer Selous Game Reserve, which is Africa’s most extensive game reserve, and ranks as the fourth largest park in the country. The Mikumi National Park offers the opportunity to book a game drive today.

Accommodation: Two Per Room Camp Bastian or Mantis 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Iringa to Mikumi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Mikumi Game Drive


Day 31 - 33

Mikumi – Dar es Salaam – Stone Town (Zanzibar), Tanzania

A variety of cultural tours and safaris are available to you today in Mikumi National Park.

The following morning we awoke early to catch our ferry to Zanzibar Island after spending the night in Dar es Salaam.

We depart Dar es Salaam early in the morning to catch our ferry to Zanzibar Island. The hotel in Stone Town is our first stop after arriving at the ferry port.

Accommodation: Two Per Room Camp Bastian (Mikumi), Kariakoo Sleep-Inn or Shangani Hotel (Dar es Salaam), Paradise Inn (Stone Town)
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Iringa to Mikumi ±200 km, Mikumi to Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam to Stone Town (Zanzibar)
Meals: Breakfast x3, Lunch x2, Dinner
Included Highlight: Zanzibar Excursion
Optional Activity: Mikumi National Park Safaris / Cultural Tours


Day 34

Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania

Historically, this busy port has been a landmark on both the slave and spice trade routes. The day begins with a walk through Stone Town, where we will discover well-known landmarks such as the birthplace of Freddy Mercury.  Following our tour of the city, we will travel by road to our base for the next two nights. A guided walking spice tour will be offered along the way before we arrive, which will take us through villages and spice plantations. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to observe first-hand how spice farm workers climb trees in search of specific plants, and will also be able to purchase fresh spices directly from the farms themselves.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Zanzibar Bay or Paradise Beach
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Stone Town to Marumbi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Stone Town walking city tour, Spice Tour


Day 35

Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania

This is a free day for you to take advantage of the many attractions and activities available to you. Whatever you choose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some lasting memories on the island. The area offers a wide variety of attractions or you can simply relax on the beach.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Zanzibar Bay or Paradise Beach
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 36 - 38

Bagamoyo – Arusha – Karatu, Tanzania

In the morning, we bid farewell to the island and board the ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Following our arrival back at the port, we reunite with our truck and return to Bagamoyo, where we spend the night.

The journey north this morning will take us across the northern reaches of Tanzania, and our destination for the evening will be the bustling town of Arusha. Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Kilimanjaro are located in northern Tanzania.

The distance from Karatu to the Ngorongoro Crater is short, but we will spend most of the day en route there. Our first stop will be at the Mto wa Mbu Market, which is located in the village of Mto wa Mbu before we arrive in Karatu. In addition to being well known for their unique red bananas, the town is also located on the main road leading directly to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. As part of our 2-night excursion, our guide will provide a briefing tonight.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: FireFly Lodge (Bagamoyo), Njiro Legacy (Arusha), Kudu Camp (Karatu)
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo, Bagamoyo to Arusha, Arusha to Karatu
Meals: Breakfast x3, Lunch x3, Dinner x3
Included Highlight: Mto wa Mbu Market (Karatu)

kananga tented tented serengeti


Day 39

Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park (Seronera) Excursion, Tanzania

In the morning we will climb into 4×4 safari vehicles and taken from our camp to the Ngorongoro Crater. In search of the animals roaming the plains, we will spend most of our day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater floor.  The afternoon will bring us to our overnight camp in the Seronera region of the Serengeti National Park. We will enjoy the sights and sounds of nature passing right in front of your meru style tent this evening, while sipping on a cold beverage in the camp, surrounded by a spectacular landscape and abundant wildlife.

Accommodation: Two Per Permanent Tent Seronera Private Tented Camp or Serengeti Wilderness Camp Central
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Karatu to Seronera via Ngorongoro Crater
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and afternoon drive into Seronera


Day 40 - 41

Serengeti – Arusha, Tanzania

This morning we wake up early and spend our time game driving in the Serengeti. One of the most famous Game Reserves in Africa – The park is well known for its abundance of wildlife, and we will spend the majority of the day hunting for these creatures.

We make our way back to Arusha and we have the opportunity to swap tales of our wonderful experiences of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Accommodation: Two Per Permanent Tent Seronera Private Tented Camp (Serengeti), Two Per Room Njiro Legacy (Arusha)
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Seronera (Serengeti National Park) to Arusha
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Included Highlight: Full day game Drive through Seronera, Serengeti National Park
Optional Activities: Hot Air Balloon Safari (pre-booking required, subject to availability & weather conditions)


Day 42

Kenya – Nairobi, Kenya

Once we’ve crossed the border into Kenya, we carry onwards to Nairobi where our tour comes to an end.

Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Arusha to Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Border Post: Tanzania: Namanga, no telephone number, Open: 24hrs Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 32002, Open: 24 hrs

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.

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. 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

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 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

Laundry:

  • 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.

Vaccinations:

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

Malaria:

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

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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Tipping:

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

Departure Tax:

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

Security:

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

Quality and Protection:

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

Quick Checklist

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

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