Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Adventure (incl Gorillas) (56 Days)

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56

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+ Local Payment USD 2600 (Compulsory)

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking Fr USD 720 - USD 780

Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
  • 56 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Adventure (incl Gorillas) Safaris
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  • Starts: Cape Town
  • Ends: Nairobi

Tour Price

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


FROM

R46,700 R45,533

+ Local Payment USD 2600 (Compulsory)

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking Fr USD 720 - USD 780

Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room

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Why You'll Love this Tour

This in-depth overland tour features all of Africa’s blockbusters and then some. Traverse Namibia’s giant sand dunes, meet San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert, float through the Okavango in a dugout "mokoro" canoe, encounter gorillas deep within Uganda’s misty wilderness, and witness the circle of life in the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve. This tour is bursting with attractions and is sure to show you the beauty of Africa! Price Beat Guarantee | 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more |10% discount for ISIC cardholders


Tour Style Camping Top Pick
Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya
Starts Cape Town
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 28 - 30
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
Length 56 days
Tour SKU CAM0914

Tour Reviews

Review by Ash Collins who traveled Cape Town to Nairobi Adventure:

I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you again for all your help with arranging my Africa trip. I have been back in Melbourne a few weeks now but I had absolutely the time of my life on the trip. The guys were amazing and the people I travelled with absolutely unbelievable!! I didn’t really know what to expect but wow, what an amazing place and so many awesome things to see and do! I thought the overall driving would be really boring but there was so much to see on each drive and it really let one “see” Africa and just take it all in.  We have some interesting stories with a few border crossings … gotta love the This is Africa slogan which is all part of the experience.

You went out of your way a lot with the changes I had to make and putting the comparisons together etc. So I really just wanted to thank you again so much for all your hard work, it really helped make the trip amazing for me.

Review by Matthew G who traveled Cape Town to Nairobi Adventure:

Hey, I’m at the end of my 56 African adventure and just wanted to say a *huge* thank you! I was really impressed with the knowledge and enthusiasm of all the guides I had (Mat Dry, Christy and Nelius) but especially Mat. He is possibly the most knowledgeable, passionate people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He added so much value to my trip, he was awesome!

I have had a crazy, ridiculously brilliant time with so many highlights it’s pretty much impossible to even do a top 10! Sharks, gorillas, the Serengeti, Zanzibar, Lake Malawi… all such amazing places and experiences. I’m really going to miss Africa! The trip was just amazing, I really can’t thank you enough.

 

Dates Tour Length: 56 days

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Included

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • This tour includes an arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
  • Wine tasting at campsite
  • Canoeing on the Gariep River
  • A visit to the Fish River Canyon
  • Namib Naukluft National Park
  • Climbing Dune 45
  • A Visit to Sossusvlei
  • Game Drive - Etosha National Park
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Overnight Delta excursion
  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Spice Tour & Dhow excursion
  • Serengeti Excursion

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Airport Departure Taxes
  • Departure Transfer
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag and pillows
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Personal Items
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit

Activities

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

Included in Cape Town to Nairobi Adventure Local Payment

  • This tour includes an arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
  • Wine tasting at campsite
  • Canoeing on the Gariep River
  • A visit to the Fish River Canyon
  • Namib Naukluft National Park
  • Climbing Dune 45
  • A Visit to Sossusvlei
  • Game Drive - Etosha National Park
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Overnight Delta excursion
  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Spice Tour & Dhow excursion
  • Serengeti Excursion


Other Activities

Namibia Swakopmund Activities

  • Quad Biking – 1Hr/2Hr 100US$
  • Sand Boarding – Lie Down/ Stand Up 55US$ / 70 US$
  • Township Tour 80 US$
  • Tandem Skydive (Weather Permitting) 350 US$
  • Horse Riding (2Hrs) 100 US$
  • Fishing 145 US$
  • Dolphin Cruise 80 US$
  • Kayaking 95 US$
  • Paragliding (Weather Permitting) 150 US$
  • Scenic Flight (various) (Weather Permitting) As per Operator
  • Hot Air Ballooning (Weather Permitting) 450 US$
Boswana
  • Ghanzi San / Bushman experience 15 US$
  • Scenic Flight Over Delta (300-350US$ per plane maximum 5 people) 100 US$
  • Chobe NP Game Drive 70 US$
Zimbabwe Please ensure that you pay for activities in Victoria Falls with US$ CASH
  • Trip T-Shirt 30 US$
Victoria Falls
  • White Water Rafting-Full Day 140 US$
  • River Boarding combo Raft & Board 180US$
  • Canoeing on the Zambezi-Half Day/ Full Day 140 US$
  • Half Day Adrenaline - George Swing,ZipLine & Flying Fox 165 US$
  • Bungee Jump (111m) 150 US$
  • Tandem Bungee Jump 180 US$
  • Micro Light over the Falls-15mins 170 US$
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls 12 mins 155 US$
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls 19 – 25 mins 265 US$
  • Zambezi River boat cruise From 50 US$
Malawi
  • Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach 55US$ (Additional dives 30 US$ each)
  • Horse Riding at Kande Beach 2Hr / 3Hr (Bush, Beach & Swim) 70 US$ / 100 US$
  • Village Walk & Meal at Kande Beach 20 US$
  • Traditional Healer Visit 10 US$
  • Carving Lessons & Local Fishing. *Price to be negotiated on arrival
Tanzania
  • Masai Village Visit From 15 US$
  • Olduvai Gorge 10 US$
Zanzibar
  • Prison Island Snorkeling Trip 30 US$
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing From 40US$
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire From 60 US$ - 80 US$
  • +local driver’s license / insurance at 5 US$
Kenya
  • Masai Mara Balloon Safari (when available) 550 US$
  • Masai Village Visit 15 US$
  • Masai Warrior Dancing 10 US$
  • Naivasha Boat Hire (Max 7 Pax) 60 US$ per hour
  • Naivasha Horse Riding 25 US$ per hour
Uganda
  • Gorilla Trek (incl. transfer & booking fee) From 720US$ - 780US$
  • White Water Rafting on the Nile 160 US$
  • Nile Bungee Jump 120 US$
  • Soft Power Community Project 35 US$
  • Quad Biking 2 hrs 100 US$
  • Horse Riding 2 hrs 65 US$ + transfer approx 20 US$
  • Trip T-Shirt 35 US$

Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Town – Cederberg, South Africa

We depart from Cape Town and make our way around Table Bay heading north, crossing the Piekenierskloof Pass into the lavish fruit growing area located along the Olifants River. The Olifants River was named after the massive herds of elephant that once roamed freely throughout this luscious valley. We spend our first night in a scenic campsite that provides us with beautiful views of the neighbouring wine farms and in the afternoon we take a stroll through the fertile vineyards to explore the incredible views of the Cederberg Mountains. After this you will have an opportunity to experience some delicious wine tasting. We spend our first night camping beneath the star-speckled African sky.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Wine tasting in at campsite

Day 2

Cederberg – Orange (Gariep) River, South Africa

Today we continue our journey north, heading through the area known as Namaqualand, renowned for it’s abundance of Namaqua wildflowers that bloom in the spring. We stop to gather supplies in Springbok, a small mining town, and continue our drive through the desert area of the Richtersveld toward the Orange River, which acts as a natural land border between South Africa and Namibia. We camp at a beautiful site on the South African bank of the river.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Orange River – Fish River Canyon, Namibia

This morning we take part in a half-day canoe outing on the sparkling waters of the Gariep River where we have an opportunity to do some bird spotting or enjoy a relaxing paddle while soaking in the picturesque surroundings. Following a delicious afternoon meal, we cross into Namibia where shortly after, we arrive in Fish River Canyon. This canyon is known as the second biggest in the world, at 161 kilometres long, 27 kilometres wide and approximately 550 metres deep. The outer canyon was created by tectonic shifts while the inner portion was formed by erosion. A driving route follows the eastern rim and this allows us entry to numerous view points from where we can be witness to the magnificent landscape below and breathtaking sunsets.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Canoeing on the Gariep River
Orange River

Day 4

Fish River Canyon – Sesriem, Namibia

Waking early, we make our way north in order to enter the Namib-Naukluft desert which is one of the oldest in the world. We camp at Sesriem, a short distance from Sossusvlei – a salt and clay pan enclosed by an undulating ocean of sand dunes that are some of the highest in the world, peaking at the Big Daddy dune which is 380 metres high! Exquisite desert views can be seen from the tops of these incredible dunes. Be sure to take a look at the stars tonight, because this desert sky gives a special performance that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Namib Naukluft National Park

Day 5

Sesriem, Namibia

Today we enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park where our morning is spent exploring our icredbile surroundings. You will have an opportunity to climb the famous Dune 45 and also catch a desert shuttle 5 kilometres into the desert, where you can take a stroll to Sossusvlei and explore the area. There will also be a guided walk available for you at an added fee.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Climbing Dune 45 , A Visit to Sossusvlei

Day 6

Sesriem – Swakopmund, Namibia

Following our breakfast, we make our way in a north-westerly direction to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay. Our journey leads us through the Tropic of Capricorn – the invisible line that marks the southernmost point of direct sun, and signals the southern hemisphere’s mid-summers day. We continue along the coast of Walvis Bay for approximately 35 kilometres to  arrive at Namibia’s main holiday resort, Swakopmund, where we spend two relaxing evenings in the calming surrounds. Our lodging for the next two evenings is in dormitories where you will have the option of upgrading to private rooms. These can be booked through your tour leader, however, keep in mind that they are subject to availability.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7

Swakopmund, Namibia

The colonial influence of the Germans who founded Swakopmund in 1982 is still visible today. With a wide selection of charming coffee shops, restaurants and bars, as well as various arts and crafts stores selling Namibian curios, Swakopmund is a lovely place to visit and explore. The city also offers a handful of wonderful beaches as well as a fantastic museum, aquarium and several galleries. The golden beaches and seaside promenade make for a tranquil and refreshing walk, although the ocean waters may be a bit too cold to swim in. Some of our tour group may be leaving us in Swakopmund, but they will be replaced by new adventurers ready and excited to join us for the rest of our trip.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund.
Tours to Swakopmund

Day 8

Swakopmund to Brandberg, Namibia

This morning we depart bright and early on our way to through the “Matterhorn of Namibia” – Spitzkoppe (day trip). Spitzkoppe is famous for it’s 1728m high rock formation and sacred site of the ancient San tribe. Explore the surroundings and the San rock paintings or simply enjoy the magnificent views. After our visit to Spitzkoppe we head off to our next destination – Brandberg.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Visiting Spitzkoppe (Day trip)

Day 9

Brandberg to Etosha National Park Area, Namibia

We head further north through the Namibian countryside to our campsite located in the vicinity of the Etosha National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Etosha National Park Area, Namibia

We head to the area of Etosha National Park. Covering 22 700 km2 , Etosha is Namibia’s most famous wilderness and wildlife reserve. After lunch, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s southern area. Please keep an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert National Parks. Tonight’s camp is situated just outside the park’s boundaries, only 10kms from Anderson Gate. Perhaps you could take a quick dip in the pool or indulge in a sundowner on the deck before dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Game Drive

Day 11

Etosha National Park, Namibia

This reserve covers an enormous portion of Namibia and is located in the Etosha Pan. This park has a diverse range of animals and birdlife, as well as a broad network of dirt roads that give us a chance to enter even the most secluded park areas. After our day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp in the north of the park, Namutoni. After dinner why not head down to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals that come to drink in the evenings.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Game Drive in ATC Truck
Optional Activities: Night Drive
Etosha

Day 12

Etosha National Park – Windhoek, Namibia

We head out of the Etosha National Park  while doing a game drive. Today’s drive takes us down to Windhoek which is a small capital city but has many places of historical interest. This afternoon is spent at your leisure with time to visit the local museum or haggling at the street side markets. There are also many shops for those in need of a bit of retail therapy.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Dinner at Joe’s Beer house

Day 13

Windhoek – Ghanzi, Botswana

We leave Namibia in the morning and make our way into the beautiful Botswana. Ghanzi is a town in the middle of the Kalahari Desert offering a number of optional activities to partake in.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: San / Bushman experience

Day 14

Ghanzi – Maun, Botswana

Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta and it is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare our provisions and packs for our overnight night excursion. We recommend bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip as this can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your guide will brief you on what is needed and what to expect prior to your trip to the Delta.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

Maun – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Today you have the opportunity to partake in the overnight excursion into the Delta. After an early rise we pack our expedition vehicle and from Maun we drive north for a few hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘Polers’ and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.

On arrival you meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction will be given showing you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion
Okavango Delta

Day 16

Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

This morning you have an opportunity to enjoy one last game walk in the Delta before making your way back to Maun.  After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunch time and and have the opportunity to participate in an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17

Maun – Nata Region, Botswana

This morning we leave behind this beautiful part of Botswana and travel to the lush campsite called Elephant Sands. Upon arrival you will have the option to partake in a game drive or a bushwalk. More information will be provided by your guide.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Game Drive / Bush Walk

Day 18

Nata Region – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Travelling north to the town of Kasane, we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The River forms a border between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to the Chobe National Park. Keep an eye out for the elephants, hippo and number of bird species from the campsite and enjoy another glorious African sunset.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19

Chobe National Park, Botswana

We are free to sleep in today, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you are welcome to explore the town of Kasane. We pack up and head out for our overnight mobile expedition in the Chobe National Park – an overnight experience in the wilderness. One of Botswana’s leading game parks, Chobe is well-known for its enormous herds of elephant. Our afternoon is spent seeking out wildlife whilst we game drive to our campsite that is situated within the park, where we will spend our night surrounded by the sounds of nocturnal wildlife. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled during our game drive for the scarce Sable and Roan Antelope with magnificent backward slanting horns. Following our evening in the bush, we make our way out early in the morning to carry on our search for wildlife before we depart from our campsite and head back to Kasane and Victoria Falls.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion
Chobe Botswana Tours

Day 20

Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Upon our return to our campsite, we once again board our vehicle and head to the border of Zimbabwe. When we have finished up our border formalities, we travel a brief distance to Victoria Falls. The town of Victoria Falls, named after the renowned World Heritage site as well as the waterfalls, is located on the Zambezi River and is enclosed by the Victoria Falls National Park. Conveniently located in the centre of town, our campsite is within walking distance to the adventure activity booking agents as well as numerous restaurants and shops. A short stroll along the main road will bring you to the access point to view the mighty falls which are located between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Known as  Mosi-oa-Tunya or‘ the smoke that thunders’, Victoria Falls was named by David Livingstone who discovered them during his adventurous explorations. At 1700 metres wide and approximately 100 metres high, this sheet of falling water is a truly unforgettable African sight. Following our activities briefing, we spend our afternoon unwinding at the campsite’s pool, viewing the majestic Victoria Falls or simply exploring the variety of gorgeous sights and delights of this town.

Meals Included: Brunch
Included Activity: Entrance to Victoria Falls

Day 21 - 22

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After breakfast you have the option of leaving the tour, or taking part in the variety of Optional Excursions. Hwange National Park offers spectacular game viewing, while the Great Zimbabwe Ruins offer you a chapter out of Zimbabwe’s history. The next two days can be spent either relaxing or partaking in these activities or excursions.

Meals Included: Breakfast x2
Optional Activities: Adrenalin junkies have the opportunity to bungee jump from the Victoria Falls bridge that connects Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge. Throughout the year, flights in fixed wings, microlights and ultra-light aircraft or helicopters that give us an opportunity to experience an aerial view over the majestic falls. First class white water rafting on the Zambezi is available and there are the ‘floats’ where there is time to admire the incredible cliffs and spot the occasional animal roaming on the riverbanks.

Victoria Falls Tours

Day 23

Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park, Botswana

We make our way out of Victoria Falls to the border that allows us to cross over into Botswana. When we have completed the border formalities, we travel back to the town of Kasane located on the banks of the Chobe River, where we will have a chance to once more partake in the Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion.  For those wanting to sit this one out, there will be an opportunity to take part in an early morning game drive the next day instead.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion

Day 24

Chobe National Park – Livingstone, Zambia

Today we return to our Kasane campsite and, hopping back on our truck, we make our way to Livingstone. In the afternoon, we have a chance to view the Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia or to participate in a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River which makes for an incredible photographic opportunity (both are optional).

Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Sunset Boat Cruise

Day 25

Livingstone – Lusaka, Zambia

A early morning start sees us head north through southern Zambia. During our drive, we pass through some of the local villages and towns of Zambia. Zambia flourished during the copper boom in the 1960’s and was therefore able to build a solid infrastructure in the main mining and farming communities. Following the fall of the copper industry, Zambia was then left virtually bankrupt and the infrastructure, of which the country was so proud, fell to ruins. However, foreign investment and a rise in the mining industry allowed Zambia to thrive once again. There is now a significant difference evident between the cities that boast foreign stores, banks and even imported cars, and the villages and towns that still need to catch up. Our campsite today is often frequented by the local wildlife, including the biggest antelope in the world – the Eland.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26 - 27

Lusaka – South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This beautiful national park derives it’s name from the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, and it is the southernmost of three national parks in this region. South Luangwa was founded in 1938 as a game reserve and in 1972 it was declared a national park. Today it covers over 9000 kilometres squared. Animals such as hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, buffalo and elephants can be found in abundance.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: South Luangwa National Park

Day 28 - 30

Chipata – Lake Malawi Beaches, Malawi

Today we leave Zambia and cross into the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, Malawi. We make a stop in Lilongwe, the capital that is a relatively small city divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of it’s overall area made up of the stunning Lake Malawi. We camp first at the central Lake and then move along to camp in the northern region over the next three days.

Our days are spent learning the game of bao from the locals, browsing the markets for bargains or just unwinding on the unspoiled golden beaches. The pleasant climate of Malawi allows us to enjoy long swims in the clear, sparkling blue freshwater lake any time of the year. Feel free to explore the exquisite shore where you will be able to spot local fishermen reeling in their catches of the day. These locals still make use of traditional fishing techniques and, in order to appreciate their boating skills, you should attempt at least once, to head onto the still waters on a dugout canoe all on your own – it’s more difficult than it may seem! In the evening you will witness the pretty ‘fairy lights’ of the fishermen still out on the lake in the distance. The numerous campsites along the shores of Lake Malawi provide plenty of Optional Excursions, including a wide variety of water sports, horseback rides and even a stopover at the local village and school.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
lake malawi tours

Day 31

Lake Malawi – Iringa, Tanzania

After a relaxing 3 days in the beautiful Malawi, we leave the country and enter Tanzania through the Songwe border. We make our way through the magnificent Tukuya tea and banana plantations and head toward Iringa where our night is spent in the lovely, rustic Farmhouse campsite, renowned for its delicious Amarula Hot Chocolate and warm showers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32

Iringa – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

We head off early and make our way to Dar es Salaam, passing through the Mikumi National Park where you will see a wide range of wildlife roaming near the roadside, oblivious of the vehicles passing right by them. The drive today is extended because of the massive amount of city-bound traffic. However, the sights and sounds of Dar’s bustling suburbs will keep you amused and entertained. Keep a sharp eye out for the vibrant shop-fronts boasting humorous ‘catch phrases’. When we arrive in Dar es Salaam, we head to our wonderful campsite next to the sea and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar the next morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33

Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar

We are taken via ferry to the ‘Spice Island’ from Dar es Salaam where we spend the next three nights. Zanzibar is rich in history and was one of the major  starting points for most East African explorers in their pursuit of new land. New passengers may join us here, replacing those who will be leaving us at the end of our excursion to Zanzibar.

Please note: Meals are for your own expense whilst on Zanzibar and it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own, and in accordance with their budget. The trip leader joins you and will arrange your activities, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants. There are also a wide variety of optional excursions on offer.

Meals Included: Breakfast

New legislation prohibits the taking of photographs during the Zanzibar ferry ride. Spot fines can be issued, if legislation is not obeyed.

Day 34 - 35

Zanzibar (no meals included)

Apart from it’s intriguing history, Zanzibar has a wealth of experiences to offer visitors. It is well-known for it’s tasty spices, and a trip around one of the spice plantations is always a great idea. Other Optional Excursions include an outing to the incredible beaches and gigantic tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in Nungwe or even a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. You can hire a moped to get around the island, perhaps to one of the brilliant seafood restaurants where you can indulge in a sumptuous and very reasonably-priced meal. Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s heaven, with only the freshest seafood being caught daily – crayfish is a very well-liked specialty. If you prefer to hang back, feel free to socialize with the interesting and friendly locals during dinner.

For those not opting to visit the Zanzibar Island, your 3 days can be spent at leisure at the beach camp in Dar es Salaam. There are a variety of optional excursions on offer including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips.

Included Activity: Zanzibar Excursion & Spice Tour & Dhow excursion
Zanzibar Island

Day 36

Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam. Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon, or early evening.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 37

Dar es Salaam to Pangani*, Tanzania

Leaving early this morning we make our way out of the city and travel to the farmlands of this beautiful country. Today is used as a transit to get closer to our next destination, Serengeti.

* Some trips may choose to forego this night at their own cost.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 38

Pangani to Arusha, Tanzania

From Dar es Salaam we have a long transit day’s drive through vast sisal plantations and African bushveld to Arusha. On the way, we pass The Pare and Usambara Mountain ranges before driving through the town of Moshi where we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s snowy summit of Kilimanjaro. This evening is spent on the outskirts of Arusha at a campsite in Meserani, before embarking on the Optional Excursions to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 39

Arusha – Karatu, Tanzania

We start the day by paying a visit to the Meserani Snake Park and Masai Cultural Museum. Just a few minutes walk from the campsite you will find a gallery selling paintings with a charming African feel to it. After lunch you are met by a local Tanzanian operator who leads the trips into the Parks in four wheel drive vehicles that have been modified for safari use.

Departing from the campsite we make our way through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (‘Mosquito River’), situated next to the Lake Manyara National Park, and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the village of Karatu. Karatu boasts incredible views of the surrounding hills and has numerous wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. Our evening is spent at a lovely campsite in Karatu (campsite has ablution facilities).

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Serengeti Excursion

Day 40

Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park

This morning we depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. It is the largest unbroken, unflooded caldera in the world. Comprising of open savannahs, acacia forests and both soda and fresh water lakes, it is truly a miniature “Garden of Eden”. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino.

After our game drive in the Crater we head down to the rim and past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on our way to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the vast planes as we game drive through the southern and central areas of the park. We camp (no ablution facilities) in the bushveld surrounded by the sounds of the African wilderness. Without any fences surrounding our campsite we are truly in the midst of nature!

The Serengeti National Park’s claim to fame is not only the annual migration of white bearded wildebeest and zebra, but also it is regarded as the best wildlife reserve in Africa due to it’s density of predators and prey. Ngorongoro Conservation Area consists of a large volcanic caldera, namely the Ngorongoro Crater. This massive crater is home to over 250 000 large animals, making it an attraction not to be missed.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Serengeti Excursion

Day 41

Serengeti National Park – Arusha, Tanzania

In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident game. If we are lucky we may see some of Africa’s Big 5. We make our way back across the plains and up along the crater rim to our camp in Arusha, where we spend the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 42

Arusha – Nairobi, Kenya

We set off early in the morning and make head out to the Tanzania / Kenyan border through to the small border town of Namanga. After completing our border formalities, we carry on to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to our campsite situated on the city’s outskirts.

The rest of the day is yours at leisure to enjoy some of the many options available in this bustling city; visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or spend the evening at the famous Carnivores Restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 43

Nairobi – Masai Mara, Kenya

Departing from the bustling Nairobi, we climb the escarpment to our first destination, a viewpoint that overlooks a portion of the remarkable Great Rift Valley. We then descend into the Rift Valley, entering the Masai territory where these habitual farmers are often seen tending to their livestock on the roadside. Passing through the town of Norak, we continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some gorgeous wildlife along the way. We arrive at our campsite in the late afternoon. Acacia Camp overlooks the Meguarra hills as well as the stream that creates a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 44

Masai Mara, Kenya

We leave shortly after sunrise on a game drive into the Masai Mara Reserve. This reserve is famous for being one of East Africa’s top National Reserves and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species. It is perhaps most well-known for hosting the magnificent Annual Migration, consisting of massive herds of over one million wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; the Masai Mara is most visited between the months of July and October, when these impressive herds feast on the fresh grazing here. Africa’s predators are usually close behind these herbivores and are frequently seen at a kill during this period. We game drive some more through a section of the park in search of the ‘Big 5’ along with the many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make this wilderness their home.

Following our day of game spotting, we have the opportunity to pay a visit to one of the close by Masai Manyattas. These are family compounds where the Masai live in their traditional way. The evening is spent sitting around an open campfire, watching the sun set over this ‘Garden of Eden’.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara

Day 45

Masai Mara – Eldoret, Kenya

Departing early from the Masai Mara, we make our way out of Masai Land, passing through the picturesque tea plantations of Kericho before descending the Rift Valley Plateau and arrive at Eldoret.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 46

Eldoret – Kampala, Uganda

Today we cross the Ugandan border where we spend the night in the capital city of Kampala. Kampala, Uganda is a small country of striking physical beauty. It’s landscapes vary from the luscious green regions around the northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains in the west and the semi-desert region in the north. The political instability that has haunted Uganda in the past has actually had the positive effect of leaving the country free of the over commercialism so common in other parts of Africa. The current administration under President Museveni’s has devoted a considerable effort and funds to return Uganda to it’s former status as one of Africa’s most prosperous and, from a tourist’s perspective, one of the most appealing and interesting countries to visit.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 47 - 50

Kampala – Lake Bunyonyi (optional Gorilla Trekking), Uganda

We leave Kampala in the early hours of the morning and head west to our base at the serene Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest Crater Lake in Africa and is home to a large and varied number of beautiful birds. It is also the base from which the optional Gorilla trek takes place. Depending on where trekking permits are available, we trek  in the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the DRC, or the Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda. The prices of trekking permits fluctuate and may change without prior notice.

Please Note:

Currently they are priced from $600 (subject to change). There is a local transport and handling fee of about US $120 per person (this covers the return public transfer the Wildlife Authority’s booking fee). For trekking in the DRC or Rwanda (the trip leader will advise at the pre-departure meeting as to where the permits have been secured, and will assist with the online visa application for Rwanda en-route if needed), we will also have to purchase an additional visa to enter either country, as well as renewing our Ugandan visa upon re-entry. We also advise budgeting a little extra for tips for the local guides and rangers. Please budget accordingly as payment for the permit must be made in US$ cash at the pre-departure meeting.

Mountain Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas are highly sociable animals, living in fairly stable groups, which are held together by long term bonds between males and females. These creatures come across as strong and powerful, yet they remain the shy and gentle giants of Africa.

Trekking Procedures:

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla Berengei), of which there are still only about 700 remaining, are one of our closest living relatives. A visit to these gentle giants in their natural environment is a unique and wonderful experience – one you’ll never forget. The park rangers monitor the gorillas on a daily basis and have a fairly good idea of where they are. However, they are free roaming animals, and their sighting cannot be guaranteed. As the gorillas share much of our DNA, anyone with even the slightest cold or transferable illness will not be permitted to trek. Trekking is also only open to people over 16 years old.

Due to the restrictions on the daily numbers of visitors to these incredible animals, we depart from our base in Bunyoni in small groups over 3-4 days, depending on the group size. We wind our way through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Africa en-route to the National Park. Dependant on where permits are available, we may spend a night in either Kisoro or in Rwanda. The following morning, after packing our picnic lunch, we are transferred to a ranger’s station where the trek commences. Your rangers will lead you through the cultivated lands and then into the dense rain forest and on to a gorilla family. Trekking can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours (not including transfer time) and it can be quite strenuous, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. To ensure the gorillas do not get too used to the presence of humans and because they share many of our genes (and therefore able to catch our diseases), the maximum time permitted to spend with them is 1 hour. You will have plenty of time to watch their activity and to take photographs. The rangers will be able to provide you with a background to the family you are visiting. Once your hour is up, you trek back out of the rain forest to your meeting point where you will be transferred back to the Lake Bunyoni campsite.

You needn’t feel like you’re exploiting these animals. The ever-growing number of tourists trekking them each day play a vital role in their survival. For years they have been ruthlessly hunted for their
hands and heads, which have been sold as ashtrays and lampshades! In addition, large numbers have been killed whilst trying to stop poachers stealing the babies for sale to zoos, where they have never lived long. 100% of the gorilla permit cost is used to by the parks authorities to finance patrols that are instrumental in protecting the gorillas from poachers  and their lethal snares and on promoting these wonderful animals.

Depending on where the trek takes place you may also pass through some of the local villages that have settled in this region due to the high number of refugees fleeing from the Rwandan Genocide, or from the continued unrest in the DRC. The villagers in this area are mostly subsistence farmers, and families that farm against the slopes of the volcanoes. It is impressive to see how they have ploughed, planted and harvest their crops in such an unlikely landscape.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GORILLA TREKKING IS OPTIONAL
Please note that the transfer fee is not included in the trekking price
Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Day 51

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala, Uganda

After admiring the encounters we have experienced with the gorillas and enjoying the peaceful Lake Bunyonyi, we commence our travels back to Kampala. Crossing the Equator for the second time on this trip, we pull over for the ‘one foot in each hemisphere’ photographic opportunity. Tonight we camp in Kampala and have the opportunity to sample it’s night life.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 52

Kampala – Jinja, Uganda

Today we have the option of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or heading to Jinja for a variety of adventurous activities, including white water rafting in the White Nile, quad biking or visiting a volunteering community project. Spend the afternoon unwinding on the riverbanks or spotting the wide selection of beautiful water birds that frequent this area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 53

Jinja – Nakuru, Kenya

We leave in the morning and make our way back to Kenya, stopping on the way to gather supplies and to enjoy a delicious lunch. We spend the night outside of Nakuru at a charming campsite situated on a local farm. Kenya’s fourth biggest town and the capital of the Rift Valley Province, Nakuru lies adjacent to the relatively small Lake Nakuru National Park that is small but surprisingly rich in wildlife. *EAMO Orphanage.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EAMO: East African Mission Organisation

Day 54

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

In the morning, we start explore Lake Nakuru National Park. . The park was initially established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen. We spend our day searching for these orgeous creatures as well as the elusive leopard, while along the way coming into contact with buffalo, giraffe, numerous antelope and the occasional hippopotamus. We head to camp after our game drive and arrive in the late afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Nakuru to Nairobi

Day 55

Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Lake Naivasha is home to a wide variety of bird life (the most spectacular being the African Fish Eagle with his regal cry). This is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes at 1800 metres. Our day is spent partaking in Optional Excursions such as an outing to Elsamere (former home to George and Joy Adamson of the Born Free Foundation), a boat trip to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or just a bicycle ride around Hell’s Gate National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 56

Lake Naivasha – Nairobi, Kenya

Following a scrumptious breakfast, we make our way back to Nairobi, where we usually arrive in the early afternoon. Upon our arrival at camp, we swap contact details, say our goodbyes and part ways the the people with whom we have just shared an incredible life-changing experience.

We have the remainder of the day to take part in some of the various options offered to us in this lively city. Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where you can watch the orphaned baby elephants during feeding time, head to the Giraffe Centre in Langata, embark on another day trip of game viewing or, if you haven’t quite completed your souvenir collection, hop on a Matutu to one of the local curio markets nearby the campsite. Tonight why not try the fair on offer at the famous Carnivores restaurant.

Meals Included: 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.

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
  • 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.

Pre-departure meeting

  • Attendance is very important because vital information is shared and you will feel more at ease once you know what to expect.
  • Pre departures meetings can last up to an hour.
  • The meeting is also a great ice breaker.

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

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