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26 Day Johannesburg to Zanzibar Overland Explorer

R20,895

+ Local Payment USD 940

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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Dar es Salaam
Group Size Max 26-30
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older

Johannesburg to Zanzibar Overland Explorer through Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. Tick that off the bucket list!

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 Johannesburg
Ends in
Dar es Salaam

We head up from Johannesburg South Africa to Zanzibar, through some dramatic and ever-changing environments. First up is the world famous Kruger National Park with its 'Big 5'. The tour then crosses the border into Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. Heading further north-east we arrive in the land of smiles (Malawi) before ending in Zanzibar Island, Tanzania.

Included

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Kruger National Park, Night Game Drive,
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Matobo National Park
  • Lake Malawi
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Chobe National Park
  • Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Hwange National Park
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Travel and medical 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
  • Pillow
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Airport Departure Taxes
  • Departure Transfer
  • Personal Items

SKU: CAM0924
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Johannesburg to Nkambeni Camp, Kruger National Park

Departing from the City of Gold, Johannesburg, we make our way to the Lowveld and Umvubu camp located on the border of the renowned Kruger National Park. En route we pass through the southern portion of the scenic Panorama Route – well-known for its incredible views. Our camp for the following two evenings is a brief distance from the Kruger’s Numbi Gate and has some fascinating local inhabitants including hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala. We spend a peaceful evening around the sparkling campfire before making our way into the Park for our game drive the next day.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Nkambeni Camp

Included Activity : Kruger National Park night game drive

Nkambeni Tented Lodge

Day 2

Nkambeni Camp, Kruger National Park

We spend today exploring the magnificent Kruger National Park. Extending over 19 485 square kilometres, this conservation region is home to over 146 mammals, 500 birds, 114 reptiles, 33 amphibians and 49 fish species. 23,000 various kinds of plants have been documented, so the park is a variable feast for the eyes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Nkambeni Camp

Included Activity: Game Drives

Day 3

Nkambeni Camp to Polokwane, South Africa

Today we depart from the Lowveld and travel a lengthy, picturesque journey to Polokwane. En route we make a stop-off at some of the finest vistas in South Africa, including the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. The numerous viewpoints provide fantastic photographic opportunities. The capital of Limpopo, Polokwane, is the biggest metropolitan complex in the north and a primary economic hub. It’s close distance to the adjacent countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, as well as its convenient proximity from the Kruger National Park and Magoebaskloof, makes Polokwane the ideal getaway and a fantastic destination in itself. We set up camp on the dense green grasses of our campsite situated outside of the city before indulging in a relaxing swim in the pool.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Blyde River Canyon

Day 4

Blydepoort to Palapye, South Africa

Following a swift restock of our supplies, we travel a lengthy distance 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 5

Palapye to Maun, Botswana

Maun is the area from which we leave for our adventure into the Delta. This evening we prepare ourselves for this 2 night 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.

The Delta is a massive expanse of water that has journeyed from the highlands of Angola and spread out to create the world’s biggest inland delta, and the only one of its kind. Peppered with tropical islands, the Delta is famous for its spectacular diversity of bird species and wildlife

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - 7

Maun to Okavango Delta to Maun, 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. For those not opting to partake in the Delta excursion, spend your following two days at the charming campsite unwinding near the pool or competing in a game of volleyball. There is also a crocodile farm close by that opens its feeding times for visitors.

On day 7, 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

Optional Activity: Overight Delta Excursion

Day 8

Maun to Nata Region, South Africa

Departing from the picturesque part of Botswana, we make our way to our next campsite for the evening, Elephant Sands. An optional game drive or bush walk can be taken on arrival at the campsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Game Drive / Bush Walk

Day 9

Nata Region to Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today we make our way to Kasane where we set up for 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 10

Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

This morning we make our way to Victoria Falls. The town of Victoria Falls, named after the renowned World Heritage site, as well as the water falls, 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 twenty minute 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 o Tunya or ‘the smoke that thunders’, Victoria Falls was named by David Livingstone who discovered them during his adventurous explorations. It was once one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World at 1700 metres wide and approximately 100 metres high, making it the world’s biggest sheet of falling water as well as 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 the town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included: Entrance to Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Tours

Day 11 - 12

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The following two days are at our leisure to spend unwinding, 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.

Optional Excursions include: riding on elephants and horses, walking with tame lion cubs, a tour of the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and even a game or two 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 and spot animals roaming on the riverbanks.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13

Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today 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

Included Activity: Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion

Day 14

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 optionals).

Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Sunset Boat Cruise

Day 15

Livingstone – Eastern Zambia, Zambia

We arise in the early morning and make our way through southern Zambia. During our drive, we pass through some of the local villages and towns of Zambia. Zambia was flourishing during the copper boom in the 1960s and was thus able to build a solid infrastructure in the main mining and farming communities. Following the fall of the copper industry, Zambia was then left 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 once again begin to thrive. 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 progress rather drastically. 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 16

Eastern Zambia – South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This beautiful national park derives its 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 covers over 9000 kilometres squared. Animals such as Hippo’s, crocodiles, giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: South Luangwa National Park

Day 17 - 20

South Luangwa – Chipata and Lake Malawi Beaches, Malawi

We spend 1 night on the Zambia/ Malawi border before leaving Zambia to 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 its overall area comprised of the stunning Lake Malawi. We first camp at the central Lake and then move along to camp in the northern region over the next four 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 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

Optional Activity: Village Tour

lake malawi tours

Day 21

Lake Malawi – Iringa, Tanzania

Following a refreshing four days spent in the beautiful Malawi, we leave the country only to enter into 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 22

Iringa – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Awaking early, we head off to Dar es Salaam, passing though the Mikumi National Park where you may have a chance to see a wide range of wildlife roaming near the roadsides, oblivious to 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 most assuredly keep you amused and entertained. Keep a sharp eye out for the vibrant shop-fronts boasting humorous catch phrases that gain the attention of almost every passer-by. When we arrive in Dar es Salaam, we head to our wonderful campsite next to the sea and organise our things in preparation for our trip to Zanzibar the following day.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23

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 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 expense whilst on Zanzibar. 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

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

Included Activity: Zanzibar Ferry

Day 24 - 25

Zanzibar (no meals included)

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.

Optional Activity: Zanzibar Excursion

Zanzibar Island

Day 26

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

We depart from Zanzibar, returning to the mainland where this tour will end.

 

Activities

Included in Local Payment

  • This tour includes a Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
  • Kruger National Park night game drive
  • Nkambeni Camp - Game Drives
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Visit to Matobo National Park
  • Game drive in Hwange National Park
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Zanzibar Ferry


Other Activities

South Africa

  • Johannesburg City Tour (pre-trip) 80 US$
  • Soweto Tour - Joburg/ Pretoria (pre-trip)from 80 US$
Zimbabwe
  • Please ensure that you pay for activities in Victoria Falls with US$ CASH
  • Trip T-Shirt 25 US$
Victoria Falls
  • White Water Rafting-Full Day 140 US$
  • River Boarding combo Raft & Board 180 US$
  • Canoeing on the Zambezi 140 US$
  • Half Day Adrenaline - George Swing, ZipLine & Flying Fox 150 US$
  • Bungee Jump (111m) 150 US$
  • Tandem Bungee Jump 180 US$
  • Micro Light over the Falls-15mins 170 US$
  • Micro Light over the Falls-25mins 300 US$
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls 12 mins 155 US$
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls 19 – 25 mins 265 US$
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise 50 US$
  • Horse Safaris - 2Hr Novice / 3Hr Experienced 80 US$ / 110 US$
  • Zambezi Sunset 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$
  • Livingstonia Mission Hike - 30km return 10 US$
  • Carving Lessons & Local Fishing. *Price to be negotiated on arrival
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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+ Local Payment USD 940





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