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26 Day Zanzibar to Johannesburg Overland Adventure

R20,895

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

+ Local Payment USD 940

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  • 26 Day Zanzibar to Johannesburg Overland Adventure Safari
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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana
Starts Dar es Salaam
Ends Johannesburg
Group Size Max 26-30
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older

Great Budget Zanzibar to Johannesburg Overland travels from Tanzania down through amazing scenery and into South Africa.

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

5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more

10% discount for ISIC cardholders

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Dar es Salaam
Ends in
Johannesburg

This southbound trip starts with the island of Zanzibar (warm waters and white soft sands) and makes its way down to the tranquil waters of Lake Malawi before heading west to Victoria Falls. We then head down through Zimbabwe before ending in South Africa where we visit the Kruger National Park.

Highlights

Included

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Lake Malawi
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe National Park,
  • Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion
  • Kruger National Park

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 if needed
  • Pillow
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Personal Items

SKU: CAM0935
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar (Optional)

We are taken to the ‘Spice Island’ via a ferry that departs from Dar es Salaam. Here, we have the option to spend the next three evenings. Zanzibar is rich in history and was one of the foremost starting points for the majority of East African explorers in their pursuit of new land. New fellow travellers may join us here, replacing those who will be leaving us at the end of our Zanzibar expedition.

Please note: Accommodation and meals are for your own account during our Zanzibar trip, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own and in accordance with their own budgets. The trip leader will join you and it is through them that you can organise your lodging, whilst meals can be purchased from a broad variety of restaurants. There will also be a wide selection of Optional Excursions on offer.

For travellers not wishing to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next three days will be spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. Here, there will be a variety of Optional Excursions available from the camp, including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activity: Zanzibar Ferry
Optional Activity: Zanzibar Excursion

Zanzibar

Day 2 - 3

Zanzibar Island

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

No Meals Included

Accommodation and Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own.

The Trip Leader joins you and can arrange your accommodation, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants.

For those not opting to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. There are various optional excursions available from the camp including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips. The driver and cook remain behind in Dar es Salaam during the excursion.

Zanzibar-Nungwi-Beach

 

Day 4

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

We depart from Zanzibar in the afternoon, returning to the mainland for one more evening spent in Dar es Salaam. We typically arrive at camp in the early evening.

Meals Included: None

Day 5

Dar es Salaam – Iringa, Tanzania

Today we depart from Dar es Salaam and head south through the Mikumi National Park, where we might be able to spot a variety of wildlife on the sides of the road, completely oblivious to the vehicles passing right by them. We make our way toward Iringa, where our night is spent in a lovely campsite that is renowned for its delicious Amarula Hot Chocolate and its satisfyingly warm showers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - 8

Iringa – Lake Malawi, Malawi

We enter ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Malawi, via the Songwe border post and pass through some beautiful Tukuyu tea and banana plantations. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its overall area comprised of stunning Lake Malawi. We adventure across the length of the western side of the lake, making stops at numerous bays and inlets over the following 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 enables 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’ll 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! During the evening you’ll be witness to 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 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

Optional activities vary; however we do recommend that you do the village tour. Please note that you can bring along with you pens, notepads, pencils and dry starch foods for the village tour. For more information please speak to your crew.

Lake Malawi

Day 9

Lake Malawi – Chipata, Zambia

Heading away from Lake Malawi, we make a stop in the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe – a relatively small city that is divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. Here we re-stock our provisions before we cross into Zambia where we overnight in a charming campsite situated a mere 10 kilometres from the Malawi/Zambia border.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Chipata – Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Leaving Chipata we head southwest to Luangwa National Park located on the Luangwa River. The park is home to elephants, giraffe, hippos and crocodiles to name a few and covers over 9000 Km2.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Game drives through South Luangwa National Park

south-luangwa-national-park

Day 11

Luangwa National Park – Eastern Zambia, Zambia

Departing Luangwa National Park we make our way further south through the mining and farming regions of Zambia.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Eastern Zambia – Livingstone, Zambia

As we continue south on our way to Livingstone, we travel through the southern towns of Zambia, majority of which support the local agriculture and farming industries. Locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls is approximately 1700 metres wide and about 100 metres high, making it the world’s biggest sheet of falling water and an incredible sight to witness on your journey through Africa. We can view the mighty Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, which makes for an incredible photographic opportunity. In the evening, we have the chance to delight in a gorgeous sunset dinner cruise on the majestic Zambezi.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset river boat cruise

Day 13

Livingstone – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Departing from Zambia, we cross the border into Botswana at the Kazangula Ferry. When we have completed the formalities required by border patrol, we carry on toward the town of Kasane that is located on the Chobe River banks. The Chobe River creates a natural divide between Botswana and Namibia, with Zambia as its primary water source. When we return, we pack and prepare to leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile adventure. This excursion is an overnight excursion taking place in the wilderness of the Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s leading game parks, famous for its massive elephant herds. 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 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion

Day 14

Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

When we have returned to camp, we board our truck once again and make our way to Zimbabwe’s border. When we have completed border formalities, we continue a short distance to Victoria Falls. The town of Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River and encircled by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite for today is appropriately located in the town’s centre, within walking distance to the adventure booking agents, restaurants and stores. A short walk down the main road will lead you to the entrance point where you can view the Falls that are located between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’) was named by the famous David Livingstone during his vast explorations in Africa. Our afternoon is dedicated to unwinding near the campsite’s swimming pool, watching the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls or simply adventuring around town, soaking up all that it has to offer.

Meals Included: Brunch

Included: Entrance to Victoria Falls

Day 15 - 16

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The following two days are spent at our leisure, taking part in a variety of Optional Excursions. Several people in our group will be leaving us on this Victoria Falls section of the tour, only to be replaced by some new adventurers who will be joining us for the remainder of our trip.

Meals Included: Breakfast on both days

Optional Activities include riding elephants and horses, walking with tame lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and even a game of golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies have the opportunity to bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge that connects Zimbabwe and Zambia, or to abseil down the Batoka Gorge. Throughout the year, adventurers are welcome to flights in fixed wings, microlights and ultra-light aircrafts 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 also available as well as ‘floats’ where we will have a chance to marvel at the incredible cliffs as well as spot the occasional animal roaming on the riverbanks.

Victoria Falls

Day 17

Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana

Following breakfast we make our way across the border into Botswana through to Kasane where we set up camp on the Chobe Riverbanks. The Chobe River creates a divider between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Chobe is one of the finest game parks in Botswana, famous for its enormous herds of elephant. Elephant, hippo and various birds can be spotted from our campsite whilst we enjoy another gorgeous African sunset.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Boat cruise on the Chobe River

Day 18

Kasane To Nata Region, South Africa

Departing from the picturesque part of Botswana this morning, we make our way to our next campsite for the evening, Elephant Sands. The road to our next destination take us through an unpopulated landscape where donkeys roam freely. An optional game drive or bush walk can be taken on arrival at the campsite.

Optional Activity: Game Drive / Bush Walk

Day 19

Nata Region to Maun, Botswana

Maun is the area from which we leave for our adventure into the Delta. This evening we prepare ourselves for this overnight optional expedition. Your guide will brief you on what to expect on your excursion to the Delta. We recommend having a smaller backpack to pack in all the supplies needed for this trip.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20

Maun to  Okavango Delta, Botswana

We awake early to depart from Maun and travel north to arrive at the mokoro (traditional dug-out canoes) poler’s station. The Delta area is dotted with various local villages where life is lived in a traditional manner. Some of the villages are extremely isolated and can only be reached by means of mokoros. At the Mokoro station we are introduced to our ‘Polers” who navigate our canoes through the narrow waterways. We locate a place in which to camp for the evening, situated in the heart of the Okavango. Upon arrival you meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction the camp will show you your accommodation for your stay. Unwind in your dome tent with a cold drink or feel free to take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. Activities such as Mokoro trails and guided walks are available for those wanting ti participate.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Overnight Delta Excursion

Day 21

Okavango Delta to Maun, Botswana

Today we have one last chance for a game walk before heading back to Maun. Following a lovely ride in a mokoro, we reach Maun at midday and have the opportunity to appreciate the full magnitude of the Delta by means of an optional scenic flight from above the Okavango.  (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22

Maun to Palapye, Botswana

Awaking early, we travel a lengthy distance (roughly 450km) to the tiny town of Palapye, located midway between Francistown and the capital of Botswana, Gaborone. This well-known ‘stopover’ town for those on their way to South Africa is famous for the Morupele Colliery coal mines which provide energy to the Morupele Power Station, the main domestic source of electricity in Botswana.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23

Palapye to Blydepoort, South Africa

Today we travel into South Africa and carry onward to our campsite that overlooks the magnificent Blyde River Canyon. Named for the Blyde River that flows through it, the canyon is over 26 kilometres in length and is around 800 metres deep. It also creates the northern edge of the majestic Drakensburg Mountain Range. It is known as a ‘green canyon’ because of the unique occurrence of plant life that lines it. The primary viewpoints along the canyon include the 3 Rondavels, named so due to their traditional hut-like appearance, and the beautiful God’s Window that provides incredible vistas of the canyon and its surrounds.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24

Blydepoort to Nkambeni Camp, Kruger National Park

Journeying through the incredible Panorama Route, we visit a range of viewpoints that include God’s Window. We pass through the tiny town of Graskop and make our way to the famous Kruger National Park and our campsite, situated at the Park’s border. Located a mere 10 kilometres from the Kruger’s Phabeni Gate. The camp is filled with giraffe, zebra and hippo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Nkambeni Camp

Included Activity: Night Game Drive

Day 25

Nkambeni Camp, Kruger National Park

Today we pay a visit to the incredible Kruger National Park, seeking out a few of the 146 mammal, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian and 49 fish species that this Park is home to. We journey in our truck on the main game viewing paths and make a stop at some of the camps en route. For those who want to upgrade to an open vehicle game drive, please arrange it with your tour leader.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Nkambeni Camp

Included Activity: Game drives through Kruger National Park in the truck (perfect for viewing)

Day 26

Nkambeni Camp to Johannesburg, South Africa

Following breakfast we travel to our last destination, the City of Gold, Johannesburg. We swap contact details and go our separate ways. We encourage you to spend a few additional nights here to enjoy all that this lively city has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Activities

Included in the Local Payment

  • This tour includes a Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Game drives through South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • Game drives through Kruger National Park in the truck (perfect for viewing) & Night Game Drive


Other Activities

South Africa

  • Johannesburg City Tour (pre-trip) 80 US$
  • Soweto Tour - Joburg/ Pretoria (pre-trip) from 80 US$
Botswana
  • Okavango Delta Excursion 175 US$
  • Okavango Delta Scenic Flight 100 US$
  • Chobe National Park 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 (low water) 150 US$
  • River Boarding combo Raft & Board (low water only) 190US$
  • Canoeing on the Zambezi-Half Day/ Full Day 150 US$
  • Elephant Back Safari 150 US$
  • Bungee Jump (111m) – Solo Jump 160 US$
  • Tandem Bridge Swing 240 US$
  • Bungee, Bridge Swing, Bridge Slide COMBO 210 US$
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls 12-13 mins 150 US$
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls 25 mins 284 US$
  • Trip T-Shirt 30 US$
  • White Water Rafting-Full Day (low water) 150 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 Zanzibar
  • Transfer to Nungwe 20 US$
  • Zanzibar Accommodation From 40 US$ - 60 US$ per day
  • Spice Tour including lunch 40 US$
  • Prison Island Snorkeling Trip 30 US$
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing From 40US$
  • Dhow Sunset Cruise 40 US$
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire From 60 US$ - 80 US$
  • +local drivers license / insurance at 5 US$
 

 

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R20,895

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

+ Local Payment USD 940





R20,895

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

+ Local Payment USD 940

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