Kenya to Cape Town Overland Adventure (Under 39’s) (43 Days)

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

DAYS

43

Camping

FROM

R58,335 R46,668

+ Activity Package (Compulsory) USD 1800

Price Beat Guaranteed10% early bird discount (6 months or more)

Highlights

  • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
  • Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles Game Drives with Resident Guide*
  • Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
  • Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
  • Chobe NP Fish Eagle Boat Cruise*
  • Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion Mokoro/Walking Safari*
  • Kalahari Bushman Walk
  • Etosha NP Game Drives
  • Spitzkoppe Bushman Paintings
  • Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
  • Dune 45
  • Sesriem Canyon
*Highlights are included in the Activity Package
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  • Starts: Nairobi
  • Ends: Cape Town

Why You'll Love this Tour

This Kenya to Cape Town Overland Adventure offers you fantastic insights into some of East Africa and Southern Africa’s greatest attractions and cultures. We visit the Masai Mara, the flat plains of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro before relaxing on the sun-kissed beaches on the exotic island of Zanzibar. Prepare to get a bit wet when viewing the mighty Victoria Falls, enjoy a boat cruise down the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta before ending your tour in the beautiful city of Cape Town.

  • Price Beat Guaranteed
  • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)


Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Starts Nairobi
Ends Cape Town
Group Size Max 24
Age Range 18 - 39 Years
Length 43 days
Tour SKU CAE2512

Tour Price

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+ Activity Package (Compulsory) USD 1800

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Tour Reviews

Review by Meriam C:

We had the most amazing trip – I really can’t thank you enough for organising!! You were right the people we met are really friends for life!! I want to do it all over again, so keep posted for the next booking.

Dates Tour Length: 43 days

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Included

  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Services of two crew
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals as indicated
  • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
  • Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles Game Drives with Resident Guide*
  • Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
  • Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
  • Chobe NP Fish Eagle Boat Cruise*
  • Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion Mokoro/Walking Safari*
  • Kalahari Bushman Walk
  • Etosha NP Game Drives
  • Spitzkoppe Bushman Paintings
  • Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
  • Dune 45
  • Sesriem Canyon
*Highlights are included in the compulsory Activity Packiage

Excluded

  • Local Payment excursions
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals on Zanzibar (3 nights)

Activities

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

Included in Activity Package:

  • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles Game Drives with Resident Guide*
  • Chobe National Park Fish Eagle Boat Cruise and Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion Mokoro/Walking Safari*
  • Sossusvlei shuttle & guided walk*
*Highlights are included in the Activity Package


Other Activities

Tanzania, Zanzibar

  • Yacht Tour (snorkelling and sunset) $120
  • Snorkelling Day Trip $40 - $80
  • Zanzibar Food (per day) $30 - $35
  • Spice Tour $35
  • Scuba Dive – local $150
  • Slave Markets US$15
  • Arabic Fort $10
  • Palace Museum S10
Malawi
  • Horse Riding $50
  • Village Walk $10
  • Livingstonia Day Hike $10
Livingstone
  • Victoria Falls Bungee (single/tandem) $160
  • Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Game Walk $110
  • Chief Mikumi Village Tour $50
  • Gorge Swing $95
  • Zambezi Jet Boating & Cable Car From $120
  • Half Day Canoe Safari $110
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise $65
  • White-water Rafting – Full Day $160
  • Helicopter/Microlight Flight over the Falls From $185
  • Fishing – Half Day $145
  • Bridge Tour $65
  • Full Day Abseil $180
Botswana
  • Okavango Scenic flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time $650
  • Bushman Traditional Dancing $15
Namibia
  • Orange River Canoeing $45
  • Desert Experience $25
  • Quad Biking $75
  • Sand Boarding $55
  • Deep Sea Fishing $120
  • Scenic Flights $270
  • Tandem Skydive $230
  • Swakopmund Township Tour $45
  • Kayaking $70
South Africa
  • Wine Tasting $10

Itinerary

Day 1 - 3

Nairobi – Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya – Nairobi

Kenya, being East Africa’s most popular safari destination, warmly welcomes visitors who have come to witness their beautiful country. Most often, the first word you hear upon arrival will be the Swahili greeting Jambo meaning ‘Hello’, often followed with Hakuna Matata, meaning ‘No worries!’ It is recommended that you arrive at least a day before departure in order for you to recover from any jetlag, as well as to have some time to yourself in which you will be able to relax and have a chance to see the city. The Kenyan capital of Nairobi has grown vastly in recent years, but still maintains a relatively small city centre that is ideal for walking, a very intriguing city market, and numerous craft and book shops, as well as a variety of cafes and restaurants to try out. Departing from the gorgeous Nairobi in the morning hours of our first day, we begin our travels across the impressive Great Rift Valley, a gigantic fissure in the Earth’s surface that stretches from the Red Sea all the way across Madagascar, through to our destination – the Masai Mara National Reserve. Many incredible views and photographic opportunities will be available during this short journey here, during which we travel in small, specialised vehicles that provide us with much more intimate wildlife views.

Two nights will be spent camping on the edge of the Reserve, giving you time to explore the park on fantastic morning and afternoon game drives. The magnificent continent of Africa is depicted extremely well by the vast, sweeping plains, the low-hanging acacia trees, the abundant fauna and flora and the awe-inspiring views of the horizons. The ‘Mara’ is crossed each year between the months of July and October by massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals during their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains toward southern Tanzania. The length of the animals’ stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth throughout the rainy season. Predators, such as lion, cheetah and leopard as well as scavengers, such as hyena and vultures, shadow the grazing animals in wait. This enormously spectacular congregation of wildlife forms a fantastic display of Africa’s natural resources and inhabitants. This being said, however, the Mara is still excellent for game viewing at most any time of year and, regardless of when you can visit, we aim to see as many of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as possible (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard), as well as an array of other wildlife.

It is from the Mara that we return to Nairobi where we will usually camp overnight before heading south to Tanzania.

Trip Highlights: Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara Game Reserve, game drives, red robed Masai warriors
Accommodation: Masai Mara – Chronicle Tented Camp. Nairobi, Karen Camp (Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities)
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 2
Distance Covered: +/-300kms on days 1 and 3
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours (first day), Full days including game drives (second day), 5 hours (third day)

masai mara

Day 4

Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania

At the busy Namanga frontier, we cross the border into Tanzania and in the late afternoon we arrive at Arusha. Located mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, Arusha is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’. It is a bustling city with colourful and vibrant markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestled in the shadow of the towering Mt Meru, a sacred mountain (visible from Mt Kilimanjaro) that is considered to be the centre of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes, reaching 4,565 metres in height.

After we’ve had a chance to explore the curio markets, we make our way to our camp situated just outside of Arusha, on the open plains to the west of the city. From here, we prepare for our two night/three day expedition to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater that was formed when a massive volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself some two or three million years ago. There will also be an Optional Activity and Excursion in which you can partake. Your tour leader will offer these extras to all on the tour as well as take payment for them.

Trip Highlights: Arusha, Mt Meru, Meserani Snake Park
Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-270kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours
Optional Activities: Camel Ride US$5

Day 5 - 7

Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha, Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania

In the morning we switch to safari vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘Mosquito Creek’) and entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Passing into the park, we drive around the Crater’s rim down onto the plains of the Serengeti. A luscious green after the rains and brown and burnt in the droughts, this is home to a vast variety of grazing animals, predators and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Masai Mara, the Serengeti is enormous. In fact, the name is derived from the Masai word Siringitu, meaning ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. Game viewing is a fabulous activity and spending your nights sleeping in the designated but unfenced area where lion and hyena roam freely, is an enthralling and extremely memorable experience.

On second day we leave the plains, game driving en route and we begin to ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater after lunch. We spend the night here camping on the rim, where wildlife roams freely and where you will definitely need a warm jacket to combat the cold night air. The Ngorongoro, at 326 square kilometres in area, is Africa’s largest intact crater as well as a World Heritage Site. The spectacular view from the rim that is 2400 metres above sea level makes the site from the Crater floor even more enjoyable at approximately 600 metres below sea level.

On the third day we make our way down the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater to view some game. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen here, except for giraffes who find the slopes too steep. All of the major mammals can be seen here, except for the giraffe (who cannot manage the steep slopes leading downward to the floor of the Crater). We then go back to the top of the crater for a last chance to take in the spectacular view. Back at our accommodation we pack up and have lunch before heading back to Arusha and Meserani Snake Park, where we will stay for the night.

Note: We may enjoy the Masai walk on this day if we were unable to make this on day 19.

Accommodation: Serengeti National Park (first day) camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities (no shower, pit latrine), Simba Camp (second day) camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities, Meserani Snake Park (third day) camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Distance Covered: +/-250kms each way on first and third day
Approximate Driving Time: Full days including game drives
Optional Activities: Camel Ride US$5

Ngorongoro Area

Day 8

Arusha – Bagamoyo, Tanzania

This morning we enjoy a stroll to one of the local Masai villages to gain some insight into the everyday life and traditions of this rich and vibrant culture before making our way to Bagamoyo via Moshi. If the weather is good, we will catch a glimpse of the incredible snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro – a dormant volcanic mountain that has gained the title of Africa’s highest peak at 5895m. Our camp for the evening is a short distance from the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Trip Highlights: Glimpses of Mt Kilimanjaro
Accommodation: Fire Fly Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-560 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 11 hours

Day 9

Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Departing from Bagamoyo, we head south to Dar es Salaam, towards the Indian Ocean. Dar es Salaam is the largest and richest city in Tanzania as well as a regionally important economic centre. It is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub for commerce and industry – a hot, humid and lively seaport city peppered with high rises, vibrant markets and Arab-influenced architecture. To most travellers though, Dar es Salaam is the port of call to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other Archipelago islands. Our camp for the evening will be set up on the beach just outside of the city. We have a chance to take in the gentle sea breezes of the Indian Ocean and to prepare ourselves for our impending trip to Zanzibar.

Trip Highlights: Dar es Salaam, Indian Ocean beach
Accommodation: Kipepeo Beach Resort – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/- 60 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 2 – 3 hours

Day 10 - 12

Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic sandy, palm fringed beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests and you will find all these here along with an interesting history.  Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and was once a major trading centre of spices. For centuries Zanzibar has traded with the people of the Arabian Peninsula for many generations, navigating the ocean in simple dhow sailboats relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen all along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries.

Some of the history of Zanzibar is not as romantic. The island was once a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior who were detained before being shipped to Middle Eastern slave owners. The places where these men and women were held can still be seen and even the shortest visit is enough to convey the atrocious conditions they were forced to endure. On a lighter note though Zanzibar is the home of the Zanzibar Colobus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet and the possibly extinct Zanzibar Leopard.

Our time spent in Zanzibar is not structured and your time is at leisure. One of the best ways to see Stone Town is on foot, where you can explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets and cloths. You can also partake in activities such as visiting mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper are grown in nearby plantations and you are encouraged to take day tours where you are free to have your senses dazzled. If you are the kind of person who leans more toward leisure time spent on the beach, you are always free to enjoy the white sand and sparkling ocean and to simply soak up the sun’s rays. If you are looking for a good swim or dip in the sea, head out to the northern beaches to experience the warm and inviting Indian Ocean at it’s best where you can try your hand at snorkelling and diving, indulge in some tasty, lavish seafood or just relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book in hand.

PLEASE NOTE: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation (B&B) is included in the tour price but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically, we spend one night in Stone Town and the next two nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you if you have any questions or need activities arranged. Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings.

Trip Highlights: Ferry to Zanzibar, Stone Town, Northern beaches, optional Zanzibar activities
Accommodation: Twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities – 1 night Stone Town – Mazson’s or similar, 2 nights Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar
Meals included: Breakfast included with hotel accommodation
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: Ferry crossing
Optional Activities: Spice Tour US$35, Slave Markets US$15, Arabic Fort US$5, Palace Museum US$10

Zanzibar

Day 13

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The morning we have time to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before hopping on the ferry back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam. From there, it’s onward to our camp on the coast for the evening.

Trip Highlights: Zanzibar, Zanzibar ferry, Indian Ocean beach
Accommodation: Kipepeo Village – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: Ferry crossing

Day 14

Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Area, Tanzania

Leaving the warm Atlantic coast and bustling city of Dar es Salaam behind, we drive inland to Iringa. This route runs through the Mikumi National Park. Our campsite is located near the park entrance. If time allows you can go on an optional game drive.

Trip Highlights: Tanzania Highlands
Accommodation: Tan-Swiss Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-290kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours
Optional Activities: Mikumi Game Dive US$150

Day 15

Mikumi – Iringa, Tanzania

After breakfast we head off for Kisolanza Farm at an altitude of 1600m, ensuring a pleasant crisp and fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas the Southern Highlands of Tanzania has to offer. Kisolanza has been home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years and remains a working farm providing organic meat and vegetables to surrounding markets and the city of Dar es Salaam. Kisolanza Farm House is famous for their magnificent hot showers, delectable chocolate brownies, hot chocolate and Amarula that can be purchased at their quaint candlelit bar.

Accommodation: Kisolanza Farm House – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-220kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours

Day 16 - 17

Iringa – Chitimba Beach, Malawi

Following our last night in Tanzania, we head through abundant mountain passes, rich grazing land, and banana and tea plantations towards the Songwe border post and into Malawi.

Formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’, Lake Malawi covers almost an entire fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for majority of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, and canoe and net makers all ply their trades here, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day. The lake has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world.

You are free to enjoy your time on the beach or shop at a large curio market where you can put your bargaining skills to the test purchasing some of Malawi’s famous ornate and carved chairs or do a full day trip to Manchewe Falls – After a 11km hike, you can cool down in the natural bath. If you are up for more of an adventure, you can always hike to Livingstonia – a small village above the lake on the Nyika Plateau. You should be aware beforehand, however, that this hike is a relatively long one (+/- 15kms, or 3 hours one way), but the experience is well worth the effort.

PLEASE NOTE: The crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Therefore, please treat the Malawi section of the itinerary as a guideline only.

Trip Highlights: Lake Malawi beach, curio market, Livingstonia hike option
Accommodation: Chitimba Beach Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-550kms
Approximate Driving Time: 11 hours
Optional Activities: Livingstonia Day Hike US$10

Lake Malawi

Day 18 - 19

Kande Beach, Malawi

After a peaceful morning, we embark on a scenic drive to Mzuzu, the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi, where we stop for a short while to gather supplies and to take a look at the markets before we arrive in Kande Beach. This leg of the trip allows you the opportunity to meet the locals who are generally known as some of the friendliest people in Africa. Spend the following day participating in some of the water sports available here such as snorkelling and diving or feel free to spend the day relaxing and enjoying the fresh waters of Lake Malawi.

Trip Highlights: Mzuzu, Lake Malawi, Kande Beach, Optional activities, Cultural Interaction
Accommodation: Kande Beach Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-240kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours
Optional Activities: Horse Riding US$55, Village Walk US$10, Snorkelling Day Trip from US$15, Fresh Water Scuba Diving from US$45, Canoe Hire from US$10

Day 20

Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia

We say goodbye to the beautiful Lake Malawi and head for Lilongwe (the capital) to grab some supplies for our journey to Zambia. Take this opportunity to spend your remaining currency before crossing the Zambian border. Formally named Fort Jameson, Chipata has a population of about 98,416 and is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia. This unique town offers colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected amount of ornate temples due to it’s large Indian community. If we have time we will hopefully be able to make a stop in Chipata before arriving at our campsite which is situated a short distance from the centre of town.

Trip Highlights: Lilongwe, Chipata
Accommodation: Mama Rula’s Camp  – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-440 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 9 hours

Day 21

Chipata – Lusaka, Zambia

Leaving early, we take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city, boasting a population of approximately 1.7 million people and is situated on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west – each to different parts of Africa. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing area on a farm where you will be able to see roaming zebras, ostriches, giraffes and antelopes.

Accommodation: Eureka Camp – Camping twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-620kms
Approximate Driving Time: 12 hours

Day 22

Lusaka – Livingstone, Zambia

At the start of the day, we head south toward Livingstone and set up camp at the Waterfront campsite located on the banks of the Zambezi River which is just a few kilometres from Victoria Falls. We make a visit to the Victoria Falls and at various times of the year, the spray from this mighty waterfall can be seen from up to 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi au Tunya meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. During the excitement of this excursion, try not to forget your raincoat to protect you and your camera from splashes of water.

The camp is incredible and management will provide a brief on all activities in the area (including rafting, canoeing, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging,  horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises, etc.), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next four days.

PLEASE NOTE: For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or  full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks
throughout the day (allow US$15 -$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi or free shuttle into Livingstone and try the local fare.

Trip Highlights: Victoria Falls visit, Zambezi River
Accommodation: Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-520kms
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours
Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping US$160, Full Day Abseil US$190, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Game Walk US$110, Chief Mukumi Village Tour US$50, Gorge Swing US$95, Zambezi Jet Boat & Cable Car from US$120, Half Day Canoe US$110, Zambezi Sunset Cruise US$75, Full Day White-water Rafting US$160, Helicopter/Microlight Flights

Day 23 - 25

Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia

The next 3 days you are free to explore the Victoria Falls area. Apart from the long list of adventure activities previously mentioned, you should make a point to visit the markets and fascinating museum in nearby Livingstone, volunteer a day in a worthwhile local charity project, take a day trip to the Victoria Falls township in Zimbabwe, or simply use your time to unwind at the gorgeous accommodation and watch the water of the Zambezi River flow swiftly past on it’s way to Victoria Falls.

Trip Highlights: Optional activities
Accommodation: Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast (All)
WIFI: Yes
Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping US$160, Full Day Abseil US$190, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Game Walk US$110, Chief Mukumi Village Tour US$50, Gorge Swing US$95, Zambezi Jet Boat & Cable Car from US$120, Half Day Canoe US$110, Zambezi Sunset Cruise US$75, Full Day White-water Rafting US$160, Helicopter/Microlight Flights from US$185, Half Day Fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65

Victoria Falls

Day 26

Livingstone – Kasane, Botswana

We travel a short distance to Botswana after leaving Livingstone to the town of Kasane – the gateway to Chobe National Park. The Chobe River, which flows along the northeast border of the park, is a major watering spot for big, breeding herds of elephants as well as families of giraffe, sable and cape buffalo. The puku antelope can only be seen in one place in Botswana, the flood plains. Birdlife also thrives here. During the floods, spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl flock to this area. Today we partake in an afternoon game viewing cruise on the Chobe River, which is a fantastic way to spot hippo or elephant, and even sometimes buffalo as they gather at the river’s edge to bathe and drink.

Trip Highlights: Ferry crossing the Chobe/Zambezi River confluence, Chobe National Park, Chobe River, Afternoon Game Cruise
Accommodation: Thebe River Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-80kms
Approximate Driving Time: 1.5 hours

Day 27

Chobe National Park – Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana

We enjoy an early breakfast and make our way out exploring the Chobe National Park one more time before we take a comfortably paced drive towards Nata. We arrive at Elephant Sands Lodge in the afternoon. As there are no fences all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another and one can expect plenty of sightings during your stay.

Accommodation: Elephant Sands Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-270kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours

Day 28

Elephant Sands, Nata – Maun, Botswana

Today we make our way to Maun keeping a sharp lookout for roaming wildlife that populate these parts. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta as well as the fifth largest town in Botswana. Maun is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts and, although it is officially still a village, it has developed swiftly from a rural town to a community that has expanded to the wide banks of the Thamalakane River. Red lechwe (a type of antelope) can be seen on these river banks grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle.

Since the founding of Maun in 1915, the town has built a reputation for being hard-living ‘Wild West’, aiding in the local cattle ranching and hunting operations. Today, Maun is a thriving tourist town that is infamous for it’s influx of donkeys and, to a lesser extent, goats. These animals can usually be seen standing around town waiting to transport the wares of their owners (local traders and farmers alike).

NB: If time allows, we have an optional scenic flight over the Delta can be taken in the afternoon.

Trip Highlights: Maun
Accommodation: Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-360kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours
Optional Activities: Okavango Delta scenic flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time US$470

Day 29

Okavango Delta, Botswana

We head to the Okavango Delta today in an open 4×4 truck to the mokoro station – a natural wetland spreading over a massive portion of northern Botswana. The Okavango River rises farther to the north in Angola and flows south, dividing repeatedly after crossing into Botswana to create an intricate floodplain of channels that spreads out into a broad, flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. Among the giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels, we explore today in search of hippo, crocodile, elephant and a wide variety of birdlife. We travel to our island camp in a Mokoro (dugout canoe) and explore the area on a walking safari. The Okavango is an extremely well-preserved area that makes camping among the bushes and rivers, whilst listening to the soothing sounds of the African night, a truly beautiful and unforgettable experience.

Trip Highlights: Okavango Delta, dugout canoe and walking safari
Accommodation: Elephant Camp – Twin share pre-erected tents with en-suite facilities (basic-style bucket shower & toilet)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Okavnago Delta

Day 30

Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

We make our way out of the Delta this morning back to the polers’ station and drive back to Maun. Our aim is to be back at lunch to make it in time to partake in an optional scenic flight over the magnificent UNESCO world heritage site. Alternatively you could spend your time relaxing at the pool.

Accommodation: Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/- 50 Km
Approx driving time: transfer 2 hours
Optional Activities: Okavango Delta Scenic Flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time from US$650, Maun Horse Riding (2 Hours) US$50

Day 31

Maun – Ghanzi, Botswana

We leave Maun today and travel to Ghanzi, which skirts the Kalahari Desert. We meet the San/Bushman and experience a guided bush walk with a cultural feeling and insight to the lives of the ancient people’s way of life. Learn how they work with nature and manage the renewable resources found in their surroundings. Supporting this venture provides the San/Bushman with a sustainable income and helps keep their culture alive. Around the fire at  night you can experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman. On special occasions this could be a healing or trance dance, which can continue all night, and is an intense spiritual experience.

Accommodation: Ghanzi Trailblazers – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-260kms
Approximate driving time: 4 hours
Optional Activities: Traditional Dancing US$15

Day 32 - 33

Ghanzi – Windhoek – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Today we leave Botswana behind and travel to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Enjoy your evening out at a local restaurant or pay a visit to Joe’s Beer House.

We wake up early and leave Windhoek to make our way north to Etosha National Park, an enormous reserve of over 20, 000 square kilometres surrounding a central salt depression or ‘pan’. Seasonally, the pan is full of water, but specially managed waterholes sustain around 114 mammals and about 340 species of bird. We spend two nights here usually setting up camp near a floodlit waterhole. If you keep a lookout, you could witness a range of frequent night visitors including elephant, giraffe, zebra and even lion and hyena. This makes for one of the most unforgettable wildlife encounters in Namibia – a true ‘African’ experience and most definitely a highlight of any trip to Namibia. In the afternoon of our arrival we adventure on a short game drive, followed by a full day’s game drive the next day.

Windhoek Accommodation: Urban Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Etosha AccommodationOkaukuejo/Halali/Namutoni Camp (Etosha) – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1
WIFI: Yes (Namibia only)
Distance Covered: +/-480kms (Ghanzi to Windhoek) and +/-420kms (Windhoek to Etosha)
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours (Ghanzi to Windhoek) and 8.5 hours (Windhoek to Etosha), Full day including game drives

Day 34

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Today we enjoy a full day of game driving in the park. Despite the dry nature of the park, it is home to a large species of birds as well as birds of prey. After a full day game driving we make our way back to our camp, or onto the next and enjoy the last night around the floodlit watering holes, observing natural animal behaviour at it’s best.

Trip Highlights: Etosha National Park game drives, Floodlit waterhole game viewing
Accommodation: Okaukuejo/Halai/Namutoni Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: 250km in the park
Approximate Driving Time: Full day including game drives

Day 35

Etosha National Park – Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Leaving Etosha we make our stop at Spitzkoppe (a group of granite peaks) to admire ancient bushman paintings that have remained visible on the peculiar rock formations. These formations peak at 1800m above sea level and create a remarkable view. Be sure to take your time exploring the area and it’s pleasant tranquility while keeping an eye on the ever-changing colour of the rocks, specifically during sunrise and sunset when they take on extraordinary intense and vibrant shades of red. The most impressive rock painting is “Bushman Paradise” and the natural rock bridge is a favourite viewpoint.

Please Note: Please take care if climbing onto the rocky outcrops. The surfaces have been smoothed by aeons of sun, wind and blown dust: they can be extremely slippery especially if you are not wearing suitable footwear.

The Spitzkoppe Rest camp lies at the base of the mountain and is owned and maintained by the local community to which all proceeds from our visit to Spitzkoppe go.

Accommodation: Spitzkoppe Community Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared basic toilet facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-420km
Approximate Driving Time: 6 hours

Etosha

Day 36 - 37

Spitzkoppe – Swakopmund, Namibia

We leave the beautiful Spitzkoppe and make our way to the Atlantic coast and Swakopmund which is a smaller town reminiscent of Namibia’s colonial past but infused with modern adventure-orientated attractions. Swakopmund is Namibia’s chief seaside resort. Slotted in neatly between the desert and ocean, it is an enchanting coastal oasis. You are welcome to try some adventurous desert-based activities such as quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (weather permitting) and much more. The choice of what you’d like to do is all up to you after we receive a full briefing of other optional activities that will take place during our stay here. For anyone wishing to take an adventure break, you are encouraged to take some time for yourself and see what the town has to offer. This includes shopping, restaurants, museums, aquariums and art galleries. Otherwise, you could simply take a stroll along the promenade to admire the ocean and to indulge in the town’s café culture.

The next day is free to enjoy all this quaint seaside town has to offer – from the many optional activities to the German patisseries, cafés and restaurants.

N.B: For the sake of practicality, meals in Swakopmund are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back for meal times. Swakopmund town offers a variety of bakeries and cafes with a selection of reasonably priced meals (allow ZAR 80-150 per meal). Relax and enjoy these days at your own leisure.

Please note that some group members may be finishing their tour in Swakopmund today.

Trip Highlights: Swakopmund, optional desert-adventure activities
Accommodation: Amanpuri Lodge – Dorm bed
Meals included: Breakfast
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-150kms
Approximate Driving Time: 3 hours
Optional Activities: Sandboarding – Stand Up US$50 Sandboarding – Lay down US$40, Quad Biking US$55, Skydiving US$200, Deep Sea Fishing US$120, Scenic Flights US$360, Swakopmund Township Tour US$40, Dolphin and Seal Cruise US$60, Kayaking US$60

Day 38

Swakopmund – Sossus On Foot Camp, Namibia

We make our way south across the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping along the way for a photo opportunity before reaching our stunning campsite for the evening.

Accommodation: Sossus On Foot Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-260kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4.5 hours
Optional Activities: Desert Experience US$25

Day 39 - 40

Sossus On Foot Camp – Sesriem – Fish River Canyon, Namibia

We will wake before dawn for one of the highlights of the tour, climbing up Dune 45 to watch the rising sun. We travel deeper into the park after a well earner breakfast and enjoy a shuttle ride and nature walk to the ‘Dead Vlei’ – a real glimpse of the unspoiled environment in Namibia and briefly stopping at the Sesriem Canyon, a photo opportunity you do not want to miss. Our camp this evening is nestled between the rocky granite outcrops of the Nubib and Tsaris mountains. The name “Hammerstein” is derived from one of the huge rocks shaped like a hammer.

We drive south through barren and rocky landscapes, onto the world’s second largest canyon. Fish River Canyon is one of the many natural wonders of Africa. Once again, this area offers wonderful photographic opportunities as we stroll around and visit the canyon’s infamous sharp river bend known famously as ‘Hell’s Corner’.

Trip Highlights: Fish River Canyon
Accommodation: Little Sossus Lodge (First night) , Canyon Road House (Second night) – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities (Fish River Canyon)
Meals included: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
WIFI: Yes (Fish River Canyon)
Distance Covered: +/-280kms, +/- 430kms
Approximate driving time: 4.5 hours,  6 hours

Day 41

Fish River Canyon – Orange (Gariep) River, South Africa

We leave the Fish River Canyon and continue south to the border of Namibia/South Africa toward the Gariep (Orange) River. Our campsite for tonight is situated on the grassy banks of the river, on the South African side. You will have a chance to unwind on the water’s edge, take a relaxing swim or embarking on an optional canoeing trip that will boast magnificent sights of the abundant birdlife in the area.

Trip Highlights: Namibia’s barren landscape, Orange (Gariep) River, optional canoe
Accommodation: Felix Unite – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-180kms
Approximate Driving Time: 3.5 hours
Optional Activities: Canoe Safari US$45

Day 42

Orange (Gariep) River – Cederberg Region, South Africa

Continuing even further south, we pass through Namaqualand – well known for its fruitful display of wildflowers that bloom in spring (best seen between the months of August – September). We stay at a charming campsite nestled close to the Olifants River where we have the opportunity to sample some of the most exquisite wines of the region

Trip Highlights: Cederberg Mountains, optional wine tasting
Accommodation: Highlanders Camp  – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-400kms
Approximate Driving Time: 8 hours
Optional Activities: Wine tasting US$10

Day 43

Cederberg Region – Cape Town, South Africa

We leave the scenic Cederberg area behind and travel south, passing the abundant fruit growing area of Citrusdal and the remarkable views as we make our way down the Picketberg Pass to the province of the Western Cape Province. We continue to our final destination – cosmopolitan Cape Town, which is without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful cities. If time allows, we highly recommend that you spend a couple of days exploring this splendid city and it’s surrounds. Take advantage of the extensive variety of activities available in this magnificent city, such as visiting one of the current 7 Natural Wonders of the World – the strikingly beautiful and iconic Table Mountain.

Trip Highlights: Cederberg, Cape Town
Accommodation: Not Included
Meals included: Breakfast
WIFI: Yes (Cape Town Accommodation)
Distance Covered: +/-260kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4.5 hours
Optional Activities: Nil

Onward Travel Plans

Due to on the road variable beyond our control (such as border crossings, traffic, delays, etc) on the tours. The end time on the last day can’t be guaranteed and therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Pre Departure

Pre-Departure Meeting

  • Pre-departure meetings are usually held the evening before the tour starts.
  • Most overland tours begin in Nairobi, Kampala, Dar es salaam, Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Windhoek, Swakopmund, Cape Town or Johannesburg and held on the evening prior to the safari departure date at 6pm.

Zanzibar Excursion

  • If Zanzibar is included in your tour, you will enjoy an excursion to the Zanzibar Island which includes a ferry ride for about approximately 2 hours
  • The overland vehicle remains in Dar es salaam while you explore the island.
  • Your accommodation on the island is included on the Adventure Pass, but not the meals (Lunch and Dinner)
  • More information on the tour will be given while on tour
  • You will only need a backpack for your excursion to the island (Your main back pack will be left at the truck).
  • A list of items to pack for your excursion are the following:
  • Passport (the island considers itself ‘apart’ and you must carry your passport when entering and leaving)
  • Yellow Fever Certificate (Compulsory!)
  • Change of clothes in your day pack, swimsuit, sun screen, hat, small first aid kit and towel, anti-malarials
  • Money : * US$ 10 – $25 per day (other meals)
  • US$ 75 – 150 (drinks, curious, local tours, etc)

Important Touring Tips:

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

What are adventure tours?

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

What is a typical day?

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

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

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

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

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

What type of vehicles do we use?

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

EAST AFRICA TOURS require a more adventurous, fearless attitude and are suited to a younger traveller.
If you are planning to trek with the Mountain Gorillas or climbing Mount Killi you will need to have a higher fitness level.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A CAMPING OR ACCOMMODATED TOUR

Camping Tours:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Accommodated Tours:

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

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

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

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

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

Distances and Road Conditions:

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

What will you eat on safari?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breakfast:

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

Lunch:

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

Dinner:

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

Drinks

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

What about children on tour?

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

Packing for your tour:

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

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

Clothes:

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

Beachwear:

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

Toiletries:

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

Sleepwear:

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

Medication/first aid kit:

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

Extras:

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

Laundry:

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

Safety on Game Drives:

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

Accommodation (Pre Tour):

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

Personal Health:

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

Vaccinations:

  • Please ensure you seek medical advice from your travel doctor before visiting Africa.
  • You should consult your travel doctor or travel clinic for the latest requirements for Hepatitus 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, Hepatitus, Meningitis, Polio, Hepatitus A&B, Cholera
  • Tents have mosquito nets in the vents and it is not generally necessary to bring a separate mosquito net unless you plan to sleep outside, under the stars(in which case you are recommended to bring one)

Malaria:

  • Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes and is more prevalent in areas where there are high concentrations.
  • Malaria is a serious problem in Africa, but if you are cautious and use mosquito repellent and take your malaria tablets you will be safe.
  • Main points to keep in mind about malaria:
    o Cover your skin with long shirts, pants and socks as most mosquito bites occur below the knee.
    o Make sure your mosquito net is tightly closed and doesn’t have any holes in it.
    o Use an effective prophylactic and speak to your doctor about options for anti-malarial tablets
    o Always cover yourself with mosquito repellent, especially at sunset.
    o Please know that malaria cannot be cured!

Water:

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

How others can reach you:

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

Photography:

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

Crew and Guides

Tour Crew:

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

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

The Guides:

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

Climate and Weather Conditions:

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

Street Vendors:

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

Passport:

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

Visa:

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

Insurance

Medical Insurance:

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

Travel Insurance:

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

Single Supplements:

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

Optional Activities:

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

What is a Local Payment?

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

Activity Package:

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

Money Matters:

  • Your spending money, visas and optional activities needs to consist of a combination of Cash and Traveller Cheques in the currency quoted (tour specific). Credit cards are only accepted at some places (mostly larger cities) and throughout South Africa.
  • Visas are not accepted in East Africa.
  • In Southern and East Africa, additional credit card surcharges from 5% to 8% may be charged when using your card. It is best to use it only in case of emergency.
  • US Dollars, GB Sterling, Euro and select international currencies are used within Africa, with US Dollar being the most popular. You will find food, taxi, accommodation and optional activity prices are all quoted in US Dollars.
  • US Dollars cash notes must be issued POST 2005. No notes pre-dated are accepted due to fraudulent notes rife in East Africa. You can pre-order US Cash notes from your local bank or foreign exchange office prior to arriving in Africa.
  • It is best to bring a combination of larger denominations (USD100 and USD50) to pay for your Local Payment and smaller denominations (USD50, UDS20, USD 10 and USD5) for spending money, visas and optional activities.
  • ATMs are found throughout South Africa and other major towns and cities through Africa. However, you may not have access to an ATM for a few days, or they may be out of order. Please note that when drawing money from a local ATM, you will receive local currency.
  • ZAR is mostly used in South Africa and Namibia. We recommend USD for Botswana, Mozambique, Livingstone and Victoria Falls area.

Credit Cards:

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

Banking facilities:

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

Departure Tax:

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

Security:

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

Quality and Protection:

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

Quick Checklist

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

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 flights 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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