Johannesburg to Nairobi Tour Adventure (Comfort) (30 Days)

Tour Details

Tour Style Comfort
Length 30 days
Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya,
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 12 – 65 Years and older
Tour SKU ACM0422
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Why You'll Love this Tour

This overland trip takes you to some of Africa's top game parks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Chobe National Park, South Luangwa National Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta. The beaches of Zanzibar and Malawi encourage you to sit back and relax in true African style. Africa's unique culture, geography and wildlife are the major highlights of the many countries you travel through on this trip.

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Dates Tour Length: 30 days

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  • Meals - 29 Breakfasts, 28 Lunches, 25 Dinners
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport
  • Filtered Water
  • Entrance Fees to National Parks
  • Sunset Mokoro Excursion
  • Full Day Game Drive Moremi Game Drive
  • Views of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Luangwa Market visit, Mulberry Mongoose Curio Visit
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Lake Malawi Village walk with tour leader
  • Morning Coffee Plantation Visit
  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Stone Town walking city tour, Spice Tour
  • Mto wa Mbu Market (Karatu)
  • Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and afternoon drive into Seronera
  • Full day game Drive through Seronera, Serengeti National Park


  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Laundry
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips


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

Included in the Tour Price

  • Sunset Mokoro Excursion
  • Full Day Game Drive Moremi Game Drive
  • Views of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Luangwa Market visit, Mulberry Mongoose Curio Visit
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Lake Malawi Village walk with tour leader
  • Morning Coffee Plantation Visit
  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Stone Town walking city tour, Spice Tour
  • Mto wa Mbu Market (Karatu)
  • Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and afternoon drive into Seronera
  • Full day game Drive through Seronera, Serengeti National Park

Other Activities

Optional activities available on this tour at your own expense:

  • Okavango Delta scenic flight
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive
  • Victoria Falls National Park Entry
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
  • Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa
  • Lake Malawi Waterfall Hike
  • Mikumi Game Drive
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari


Day 1

Johannesburg to Palapye, Botswana

Following our departure from Johannesburg, we travel through the North-West Province and reach the border with Botswana. Our overnight stop is located on the Trans-Kalahari Highway after we have completed border formalities.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Cresta Palapye
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Route: Johannesburg to Palapye
Border Post: Botswana Pioneer Gate Tel: +267 533 3992, Open: 06h00 – 24h00, South Africa Skilpadshek Tel: +27 0800 00 7277, Open: 06h00 – 24h00

Day 2

Palapye to Maun, Botswana

The journey today takes us north through the dramatic landscapes of the Central Kalahari desert towards the gateway to the Okavango Delta. A number of smaller towns and villages will be passed by along the way, providing an insight into everyday life in Botswana. An imposing monument to Botswana’s mineral wealth can be seen on our route at the Orapa Diamond Mine. This mine is one of the largest diamond mines in the world and is a joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government. Contributing greatly to Botswana’s economy and export earnings, it is one of the country’s most important economic pillars. In addition to Orapa, we shall be traversing the southern end of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park before reaching our overnight destination in Maun, so be on the lookout for various varieties of wildlife as they move between watering holes along our route.

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

Day 3

Khwai Conservation Area, Botswana

Before we depart camp today, please pack/gather your personal belongings which you may need, as you will be separated from your truck for the next 2 nights.  Take only what you need for the next two nights.

Our journey today takes us toward the Okavango Delta. As soon as you arrive in Maun, you will be able to take an optional scenic flight over the Delta (weather and time permitting). Upon returning from Maun, you will be picked up by a 4×4 safari vehicle and transported to the Khwai Conservation area.  As our guide prepares us for our afternoon mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta, he will provide us with a brief overview of what to expect.

Accommodation: Two per permanent tent: Khwai Tented Camp
Facilities: En-suite facilities
Route: Maun to Khwai Conservation Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Sunset Mokoro Excursion (could take place the following morning)
Optional Activity: Okavango Delta scenic flight

Day 4

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

It is a full day of game drives in Moremi Game Reserve today as we search for wildlife roaming the plains. Our 4×4 vehicles will traverse this wilderness area over some bumpy roads. We hope to see as many species of fauna and flora as possible, ranging from wetland habitats, open water, grasslands, and Savannah woodlands. We are back at Khwai this evening to share our awesome sightings from the safari and compare them.

Accommodation: Two per permanent tent: Khwai Tented Camp
Facilities: En-suite facilities
Route: Moremi Game Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights: Full Day Game Drive Moremi Game Reserve

Day 5

Khwai to Nata, Botswana

Khwai and Nata are both crossed by the Botswanan salt pans today on the journey from Khwai to Nata. The camp will be packed up at first light and you will depart on an open 4×4 safari vehicle before meeting the truck in Maun. Driving from Maun to Nata provides visitors with a breathtaking view of Botswana’s spectacular landscapes and the rich cultural heritage of the country. Before reaching your overnight destination near Nata, keep an eye out for wildlife encounters.

Accommodation: Two Per Room Elephant Sands or Nata Lodge 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Khwai Conservation Area to Nata (long day ±6-8 hours)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Views of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Day 6

Nata to Kasane – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Our journey starts from the Kalahari sands of Nata and ends at Kasane, where we have lunch and a quick siesta before exploring the Chobe National Park by boat. Our leisurely boat cruise allows us to witness the numerous elephants that frequent the river during the afternoon hours, allowing us to get up close and personal with them.

The second biggest park in all of Botswana, Chobe National Park spreads over approximately 11,700 square kilometres of northern Botswana. The Park forms part of the medley of lakes, islands and floodplains created from the river systems of the Kwanda, Linyanti and Chobe Rivers. This region is well-known for it’s enormous buffalo and elephant herds – the population of which is presently around 120,000. The Chobe elephants migrate often and travel up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they gather during the dry season, to the pans in the southeast portion of the park during rainy season. These Kalahari elephants are identified by their frail ivory and short tusks which is possibly due to the lack of calcium in the soils. Because of their high population, much damage to vegetation is caused in certain areas and therefore, culls have been considered but never carried out due to the enormous controversy surrounding the act.

The initial inhabitants of this region were the San people, known in Botswana as the ‘Basarwa’. They were nomadic hunter-gatherers who traveled from place to place searching for the next source of food and water. The San were eventually forced out by groups of the Basubiya people and, in 1911, a congregation of Batawana moved to the area. It was decided in 1931 that a national park would be erected in order to guard the wildlife from extinction as well as to attract tourists. In 1932, an area of approximately 24,000 square kilometres in the Chobe region was declared as a non-hunting zone. Throughout the years, the boundaries of the park have been modified and the people who have settled in the region have been progressively relocated. Chobe National Park was eventually completely rid of human occupation in the year 1975, and in 1980 (and once more in 1986) the boundaries were once again altered to it’s current size.

Accommodation: Two per Room Thebe River Safaris or Kwalape Safari Lodge 
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Route: Nata to Kasane
Included Highlight: Chobe National Park Boat Cruise

Day 7

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls with the memories of our wildlife encounters still fresh in our minds. As you may know, the Victoria Falls are also known locally as Mosi-oa Tunya (the smoke that thunders) due to their spectacular beauty. There are a variety of activities available in the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls for those who prefer a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon besides viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it flows into the Batoka Gorge below. Additionally, craft markets and coffee shops are available for those seeking a more relaxed travel experience.

At 1700 metres wide and 108 metres high, Victoria Falls are said to be the biggest falls in the entire world. According to popular beliefs, Scottish explorer David Livingstone was the very first European to stand witness to the mighty Victoria Falls and wrote: “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, is used as the official name in Zambia. Because of its enormous power and size, the Falls are embellished with countless mythologies. It is believed by the local Tonga people of Zambezi that a river god, Nyaminyami, lives in the water in the shape of a gigantic snake. The Zambezi River flooded thrice when the Kariba Dam was constructed in the 1950’s, causing numerous deaths and much devastation. The locals believe that Nyaminyami became angry with the building of the Dam and thus was the entity that caused the horrendous floods. The peculiar form of Victoria Falls allows its entire width to be seen face-on from as near as 60 metres to the Falls due to the Zambezi River dropping into a deep and narrow slot-like fissure connected to a lengthy sequence of ravines. There are very few waterfalls in the world that permit this close of an approach on foot.

The Falls are created by the entire width of the river plummeting in a solitary vertical drop into a 120 metre wide chasm, whittled by the cascading waters along a breakage area in the basalt plateau. The chasm called the First Gorge varies from 80 metres deep at its west end to 108 metres in its centre. The only opening to the First Gorge is through a gap 110 metres wide, approximately two-thirds of the way across the width of the Falls from the western end, through which the entire volume of the river spills into the gorges of the Victoria Falls. Two islands, Boaruka and Livingstone, are situated on the peak of the Falls. They are big enough to divide the sheet of water, even at full flood. At less than full flood, other islands perform the task of dividing the curtain of water into dispersed parallel streams. The main streams are known as Leaping Water, Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the tallest) and the Eastern Cataract.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Shearwater Explorers Village 
Facilities: En-suites facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls (± 100 km)
Optional Activity: Chobe National Park Game Drive, Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00, Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 8

Victoria Falls/Livingstone, Zambia

Today is the perfect day for an adventure that suits your style in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia). Take a rafting trip down the Zambezi River or fly over Victoria Falls on this day to explore all that Victoria Falls has to offer. The accommodation for tonight in Livingstone has been booked as your tour continues tomorrow from Livingstone. In the late afternoon, you can transfer to Livingstone from Victoria Falls. Your tour includes a transfer from Victoria Falls to Livingstone. Transfers can be booked either in the morning (08:00) or in the afternoon (16:00).  When booking, please inform your booking agent of your preferred time.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Victoria Falls Waterfront, Livingstone, Zambia
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting

Day 9

Lusaka, Zambia

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

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

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

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

Day 10 - 11

Petauke – South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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

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

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge (website not available), Two per Permanent Tents: Wildlife Camp (South Luangwa)
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lusaka to Petauke, Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Included Highlight: Market visit, Mulberry Mongoose Curio Visit

Nomad - South Luangwa National Park

Day 12

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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

Accommodation: Two Per Permanent Tents: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Day 13 - 14

Lake Malawi – Malawi

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

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

Accommodation: Two per room: Ngala Beach Lodge
 En-suite facilities Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi
Optional Activity: Waterfall Hike
Border Post: Zambia: Chipata / Nwami, Tel: + 265 622 1652, Open: 06h00-18h00, Malawi: Mchinji, Tel: +265 124 2217, Open: 06h00-18h00
Lake Malawi

Day 15

Lake Malawi, Malawi

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

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

Day 16

Mbeya Region, Tanzania

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

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

Day 17

Iringa, Tanzania

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

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

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

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

Day 18

Mikumi, Tanzania

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

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

Day 19 - 21

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

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

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

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

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

Day 22

Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania

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

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

Day 23

Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania

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

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

Day 24 - 26

Bagamoyo – Arusha – Karatu, Tanzania

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

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

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

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

kananga tented tented serengeti

Day 27

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

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

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

Day 28 - 29

Serengeti – Arusha, Tanzania

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

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

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

Day 30

Kenya – Nairobi, Kenya

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

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

Onward Travel Plans

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

Pre Departure

Important Touring Tips:

  • The itinerary is a guide ONLY and is subject to change
  • There is a mix of different nationalities, ages and cultures on every tour
  • Space in the truck is limited – PLEASE DON’T BRING TOO MUCH LUGGAGE!
  • The tours are high adventure tours, so don’t expect European Coach tours or lodge safaris
  • The tours are often created in a circular route i.e. where one tour ends, another begins
  • The rate is the same throughout the year
  • Should you be travelling to Kenya. The Kenya government has instituted a Zero Tolerance on usage of All Plastic Bags. On the spot fines (400 USD) are being issued.

What are adventure tours?

These are adventure tours perfect for people who enjoy camping and the outdoors. You get to experience the “real Africa” by camping out at night, sitting around the campfire, taking in beautiful scenery, visiting local shops and getting to know the locals.

What is a typical day?

A typical day on either your camping or accommodated Africa overland tour starts with an early morning wake-up call and a cup of tea or coffee followed by breakfast. Campers pack-up their campsite while comfort travellers check-out of their accommodation and hit the road.

We set off to our next destination travelling through a vast variety of landscapes, making our own new memories with new friends. Each day in Africa offers a new experience from an early morning sunrise hike, quad biking, sky dive or guided nature walk. The options are endless!

We have shorter travel days arriving at our campsite by midday or early afternoon, to enjoy lunch before joining our afternoon activity or simply enjoying a relaxed afternoon at your own pace.

On our longer travel days an early start ensures an earlier arrival at our campsite. We stop off at scenic spots to stretch our legs and take in the scenery, before lunch is enjoyed at a shady spot en-route. A mid- to-late afternoon arrival at our campsite allows us to set up camp, enjoy a beautiful sunset and end the day sitting around the campfire, under the stars.

Our best advice: expect the unexpected as this is Africa! We travel mainly on gravel roads and poorly kept tarmac roads – both setting the pace at which we travel. We do our best to arrive at our next destination, safety is our number one priority and while our overland vehicles are comfortable and spacious, they are not sports cars!

What type of vehicles do we use?

  • A custom-built, comfortable, safe and self-sufficient Africa overland truck to withstand the rugged African terrain.
  • Various vehicles are used on varying tours, with each offering comfortable seats with ample leg room.
  • Each vehicle has large glass windows for uninterrupted views and perfect for game drives.
  • Smaller 4×4 land cruiser type vehicles are used for game viewing in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, due to the roads being tougher and too narrow for the overland trucks.
  • Each overland vehicle includes a passenger safe to safely keep money + passports + flight tickets + credit cards. The keys are kept with your Tour Leader who will advise of safety requirements in place concerning the safe. Who is suited to go on an adventure tour?
  • Almost anyone can go on an adventure.

Some level of fitness is required due to accessing the vehicle and spending long days on bumpy roads (can take it out of you). EAST AFRICA TOURS require a more adventurous, fearless attitude and are suited to a younger traveller.
If you are planning to trek with the Mountain Gorillas or climbing Mount Killi you will need to have a higher fitness level.


Camping Tours:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Accommodated Tours:

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

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

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

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

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

Distances and Road Conditions:

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

What will you eat on safari?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

What about children on tour?

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

Packing for your tour:

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

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

Locker Sizes:

Overland Truck Locker Size


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


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


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


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

Medication/first aid kit:

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


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


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

Safety on Game Drives:

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

Accommodation (Pre-Tour):

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

Personal Health:

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


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


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

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


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

How others can reach you:

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


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

Crew and Guides

Tour Crew:

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

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

The Guides:

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

Climate and Weather Conditions:

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

Street Vendors:

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


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


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


Medical Insurance:

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

Travel Insurance:

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

Single Supplements:

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

Optional Activities:

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

What is a Local Payment?

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

Activity Package:

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

Money Matters:

  • Your spending money, visas and optional activities needs to consist of a combination of Cash and Traveller Cheques in the currency quoted (tour specific). Credit cards are only accepted at some places (mostly larger cities) and throughout South Africa.
  • Visa cards are not accepted in East Africa.
  • In Southern and East Africa, additional credit card surcharges from 5% to 8% may be charged when using your card. It is best to use it only in case of emergency.
  • US Dollars, GB Sterling, Euro and select international currencies are used within Africa, with US Dollar being the most popular. You will find food, taxi, accommodation and optional activity prices are all quoted in US Dollars.
  • US Dollars cash notes must be issued POST 2005. No notes pre-dated are accepted due to fraudulent notes rife in East Africa. You can pre-order US Cash notes from your local bank or foreign exchange office prior to arriving in Africa.
  • It is best to bring a combination of larger denominations (USD100 and USD50) to pay for your Local Payment and smaller denominations (USD50, USD20, USD10 and USD5) for spending money, visas and optional activities.
  • ATMs are found throughout South Africa and other major towns and cities through Africa. However, you may not have access to an ATM for a few days, or they may be out of order. Please note that when drawing money from a local ATM, you will receive local currency. In Zimbabwe the ATM’s limit the amount of USD that can be withdrawn (it ranges from 50USD – 200USD a day).
  • ZAR is mostly used in South Africa and Namibia. We recommend USD for Botswana, Mozambique, Livingstone and Victoria Falls area.

Credit Cards:

  • Most of the major Southern and East African cities do have credit card facilities available however they may charge you a surcharge to use the facility.
  • Visa and Mastercard are the two most widely used accepted credit cards in Africa, while Diners or American Express may not always be accepted.

Banking facilities:

  • There are full banking facilities in the major towns based on weekly business hours. Here you can change money and withdraw cash from a credit card. Visa and Master Card are preferential, as other cards may not be widely accepted.


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

Departure Tax:

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


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

Quality and Protection:

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

Quick Checklist

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

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