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30 Day Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Explorer (Comfort)

The Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland safari offers you insight into Africa’s unique culture, geography and wildlife.

R39,700

Free Pre Tour Nights’ Accommodation in Nairobi at the Hotel Boulevard

+ Single Supplement ZAR 11740

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 23960


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Tour Style Accommodated
Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
Starts Nairobi
Ends Johannesburg
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
 

 

30 Day Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Explorer (Comfort) Tour Overview

Departing from Nairobi
Ends in
Johannesburg

This overland tour takes you to some of Africa's top game parks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Chobe, and to its most natural beauties, Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta. The beaches of Zanzibar and Malawi are a welcome addition to sit back and relax in true African style. Africa's unique culture, geography and wildlife are the major highlights of the many countries you travel through on this trip.

Included

  • Meals - 28 Breakfast, 25 Lunch, 26 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Optional activities

SKU: ACM0463
 

30 Day Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Explorer (Comfort) Itinerary

Day 1

Arusha, Tanzania

We leave the lively capital of Kenya today and make our way into Tanzania. We make a stop-off in Arusha to pay a visit to the local Masai Museum and the well-known snake park. In the afternoon we prepare for our impending optional expedition into the famous Serengeti National Park and the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater.

Enclosed by some of Africa’s most well-known landscapes and National Parks, Arusha is located at the base of Mount Meru – on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley’s eastern branch. The city experiences mostly balmy weather due to its location on the hills of Mt Meru. Within close proximity to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha contains its very own National Park, situated on Mount Meru. The main industry of this area is agriculture. Producers of huge vegetables and flowers send superb produce to Europe. Small-scale farming was negatively impacted by the somewhat recent ‘coffee crisis’ and has therefore transformed into mostly subsistence farming. Arusha has several factories including a brewery, tyre and fibreboard plant as well as a big pharmaceuticals manufacturer.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Ndoro Lodge no website available
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Nairobi to Arusha ±290 km
Border Post: Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 132002, Open: 24 hrs. Tanzania: Namanga, No telephone number, Open: 24 hrs.

*Please note that this activity could either take place on this day or after the Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

Day 2 - 4

Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion, Tanzania

Today we set off on an optional four-day, three night camping adventure in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This region contains one of the most dense animal varieties in all of Africa. We are given time to visit the Oldupai gorge and museum on our first day journeying from Karatu to Ngorongoro. Our Serengeti expedition takes place in an open-topped 4X4 safari vehicle in order to take on the obstacles we come across whilst driving through the Park’s gravelly and narrow roads. For those who opt not to partake in this excursion, simply devote your time to relaxing and soaking in the sun as well as the vibrant local cultures surrounding you. Be sure to take with you a small day pack with a change of clothing, binoculars, cameras, warm clothes (for the cold rim of the crater), plenty of insect repellent, a few dollars for tips and curios, provisions and, of course, your sleeping bag and pillow. There is also a variety of Optional Activites in which to partake for those who aren’t going on this expedition, including a range of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking, village tours and other day trips.

The Serengeti is world famous for hosting the biggest and longest overland migration on earth, deemed a ‘natural travel wonder of the world’. During October, almost 2 million herbivores journey from the hills of the north to the plains of the south, crossing through the Mara River in search of food and water. During April, these animals return to the north via the west, once more crossing the Mara. This spectacle is often called the Circular Migration. More than 250 000 wildebeest are fated to die along the trip from Tanzania to the Masai Mara Reserve in upper Kenya, a total distance of 800 kilometres. Their death is frequently caused due to wounds, exhaustion or by being hunted by the stalking predators that follow close behind the herds. Around 70 bigger mammals and approximately 500 various bird species can be found in this migration. The massive assortment of species that composes the migration is due to the wide range of habitats ranging from river forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the common mammals that can be spotted in this area are Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos.

The Ngorongoro region makes up part of the ecosystem of the Serengeti and, to the northwest it meets the Serengeti National Park and lies adjacent to the southern plains of the Serengeti. These plains spread to the north into the unguarded Loliondo division and are open to wildlife due to the farming habits of the Masai. Volcanic highlands lie to the south and west of the region whilst the rim of the Great Rift Valley wall defines the southern and eastern boundaries. This wall serves to prohibit animals migrating in these directions.

Accommodation: Camp: Seronera Campsite, Simba Campsite
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Arusha to Serengeti National Park ±250 km
Optional Activity: Tips for Guides, Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people)

For more information on the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Camping Excursion please click here

Ngorongoro Crater

Day 5

Arusha, Tanzania

Those who participated in the excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro will join the truck in Arusha, where we will have time to tell tales of incredible encounters you had in the Park.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Ndoro Lodge No website available
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Serengeti National Park to Arusha ±250 km

Day 6

Bagamoyo, Tanzania

From Arusha we head south towards Bagamoyo, who’s name means “lay down your heart” and goes back to the days of slavery. Our accommodation for the night is the Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge and is situated on the beach.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Arusha to Bagamoyo ±550 km

Day 7 - 9

Nungwi  – Stone Town, (Zanzibar Excursion)

We wake up early today in order to depart from Bagamoyo and to make our way to Dar es Salaam, where we will board a local ferry that carries us from Dar to the capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town. Our first evening is spent in Stone Town exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also many spice and seafood markets to take a look at. We take time to relax on the beach in the northern part of the island.  The following two days will be spent unwinding on the sun-kissed beaches (around Nungwi Beach in the North of the Island).

Due to the dominant Islam religion in Zanzibar, conservative clothing should be worn most places except on the beach, where your regular clothes and swimsuits are acceptable. It is recommended that women wear t-shirts and knee-length shorts or skirts in town. The Islamic religion frowns upon the showing of arms above the elbow or legs above the knee. Shoulders should also remain covered and no revealing necklines are acceptable. Men’s clothing is less restrictive, allowing them to wear shirts and shorts. However, on the beach or in our resort, there are no dress codes other than the regular ones adhered to in most pool/public areas.

If you happen to be visiting Zanzibar during the month of fasting (Ramadan), please speak to your local guide about the customs adhered to during this period. Regular eating times during the day are forbidden and most locals will be sure to make you aware of this. Majority of shops and restaurants will be closed during Ramadan, but it is acceptable as a foreigner to have meals at hotels or resorts. Your guide will be able to inform you of what is appropriate and when.

Zanzibar is a semi-independent portion of the United Republic of Tanzania. Comprised of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean located 25-50 kilometres off the mainland’s coast, Zanzibar is comprised of numerous small islands and two bigger ones, Ungula (the main island informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba. At one point in time, Zanzibar was in fact a completely separate state boasting a lengthy trading history within the Arab world. However, it merged with Tanganyika to create Tanzania in 1964 and still maintains a high level of independence within the union. Zanzibar City is the capital of Zanzibar, situated on the island of Unguja, and its historic centre known as Stone Town is a World Heritage Site.

The main industries of Zanzibar are spices, raffia and tourism. In addition to this, Zanzibar is also home to the extremely endangered species of the Red Colobus Monkey. The word ‘Zanzibar’ was derived from the Persian term ‘zangi-bar’ meaning ‘coast of the blacks’. However, it is believed that the name could have also originated from the Arabic ‘Zayn Z’al Barr’ meaning ‘fair is this land’. ‘Zanzibar’ frequently refers specifically to Unguja Island and is sometimes referred to as the Spice Islands, though this term is more often associated with the Indonesian Maluku Islands.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Amaan Bungalows (Nungwi Beach), Ocean View Hotel (Stone Town) , or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Bagamoyo to Nungwi (Zanzibar), Nungwi Beach to Stone Town  ± 60-70 km
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Included Highlight: Spice Tour included in Zanzibar Excursion
Optional Activity: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package, you will be staying at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for these three days.

Nomad - Amaan Bungalouws

Day 10

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Today we depart from Zanzibar and hop on board a ferry to carry us through to Dar es Salaam where we make our way back to our truck and campsite.

Previously ‘Mzizima’, Dar es Salaam is the biggest city in Tanzania, with a population of over 3.2 million. It is also the richest city in the country as well as a crucial economic centre. Even though Dar is not the official capital city of Tanzania, it is still the centre of the permanent central government and serves as the capital for the surrounding Dar es Salaam area. Albert Roscher of Hamburg was the first European to arrive in Mzizima (‘healthy town’) in 1859, and in 1866 the city was given its current name by Sultan Seyyid Malid of Zanzibar.

After Malid’s death in 1870, Dar began to rapidly deteriorate, but in 1887, it was revived when the German East Africa Company constructed a station in the city. The development of the town was due to its key role as the administrative and commercial centre of German East Africa as well as the industrial growth that resulted in the establishment of the Central Railway Line in the early 1900s.

Located within such close proximity to the Equator and inviting Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam experiences a relatively tropical climate, with hot and humid temperatures during most of the year. Annual rainfall amounts to approximately 1,100 mm and, in an average year, the city experiences two separate rainy seasons. First there are ‘the long rains’ that fall during the April/May period, and secondly, ‘the short rains’ which fall during the months of October and November.

Accommodation: Kariakoo Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam ±60-70 km

Day 11

Mikumi, Tanzania

We depart from the warm Indian Ocean coastline today and begin our journey to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi contains countless lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. We have a chance today to partake in an optional afternoon game drive through this magnificent Park.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Asante Afrika Camp
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi ±300 km

Day 12

Iringa, Tanzania

We journey further inland today and make our way up to Iringa situated in the highland tea plantation region. Tonight we eat in a fantastic local Masai restaurant where we are treated to a traditional Tanzanian evening.

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

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

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kisolanza Farm
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Mikumi to Iringa ±360 km
Activity Package Mikumi National Park Game Drive

Day 13

Lake Malawi, Tanzania

We leave Tanzania behind and make our way to Malawi.  Passing through the picturesque mountains, travelling to our campsite for the next three nights.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Maji Zuwa
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Iringa to Chilumba ±462 km
Border Post: Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00 Tanzania: Chi’zumulu, Tel: +265 15 357 207, Open: 06h00-18h00

Day 14 - 15

Lake Malawi, Tanzania

Following our arrival in Lake Malawi, we spend the next two days participating in the various Optional Activities on offer here.

Lake Malawi is the third biggest in Africa and the eighth biggest in the world, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The lake offers fantastic snorkelling and diving adventures and its tropical waters contain more species of fish than any other lake on earth. These fish support the locals who rely on the lake for survival, using mokoros (dug-out canoes) to set out massive nets. There is a massive variety of different ethnic groups dwelling in this area and as a result, there are plenty of dialects to be learned and spoken. Majority of these groups are Christians due to the countless missionaries who past through the area, whilst the remainder have maintained their traditional belief systems.

David Livingstone arrived at Lake Malawi in 1895 whilst he was attempting to put a stop to the awful slave trades taking place. He returned in 1861 accompanied by seven missionaries who established a mission station in the southern area of the lake, but some contracted malaria and other various illnesses as well as suffered from conflict with slave-drivers. The surviving missionaries soon withdrew to Zanzibar. Livingstone came back again in 1866 as part of his journey to discover the source of the Nile. In 1869 he travelled north and was subsequently out of contact for almost two years. Found by journalist Henry Stanley on the banks of Lake Tanganyika in 1871, Livingstone was uttered the famous phrase from Stanley: “Dr Livingstone, I presume.” Livingstone then carried out his mission, eventually dying at a village called Chitombo in Zambia in 1873.

The death of this remarkable explorer revived the desire in other missionaries to come to Malawi and, after they finally finished setting up missions in various malaria-ridden areas, they constructed a malaria-free mission in the highlands of the eastern escarpment, aptly named Livingstonia. This particular mission is still operational today and is open to visitors willing to embark on a strenuous hike in order to reach it. Because of the relative difficulty of this 6-8 hour trek to the mission, you should be sure to partake in it only if you feel you are truly fit enough to brave the steep slopes and boiling temperatures.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Maji Zuma
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Included Highlight: Local Village Visit, Karonga Town and Museum Visit
Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering

malawi overland tours

Day 16

Lake Malawi, Tanzania

We pay a visit to the beach along the shore of Lake Malawi – Ngala Beach. Feel free to go snorkelling and discover the interesting creatures in the lake. We stay another night on the edge of Lake Malawi before making our way to Zambia.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Ngala Beach Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Chilumba to Nkhotakota Region ±375 km

Day 17

Zambia – South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

In the early morning we travel from Malawi and make our way into Zambia, carrying on to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the following two evenings on the riverbanks. You can frequently spot hippos and other wildlife from the camp’s bar.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nkhotakota Region to South Luangwa National Park ±560 km

Day 18

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

You will have a chance to embark on one more optional game drive this morning or you could partake in the walking safari that is on offer here. In the afternoon we embark on an included sunset game drive through the beautiful South Luangwa National Park.

Located in eastern Zambia, the South Luangwa National Park is a world famous wildlife sanctuary that is well-known for its beautiful walking safaris. There are plenty of Thorneycroft’s Giraffe as well as large herds of elephant and buffalo, whilst the Luangwa River is home to plenty of crocodile and hippo. Established as a game reserve in 1983, the area was declared a National Park in 1972 and presently covers over 9000 square kilometres. Hippopotami flourish in this Park due to the areas of flooded grassland habitats that are situated nearby to the river, on which they happily graze during the evenings. We may be able to spot pods of over 500 hippos during the dry season as this is when the river dries up and leaves them restricted to areas of deep pools.

On average, there are most likely up to 42 hippos per kilometre. These magnificent creatures are crucial to the Park’s ecosystem as their excrement released into the river fertilises the waters and supports the fish population which, in turn, sustains the crocodiles. The South Luangwa National Park is also believed to contain the largest population of leopard throughout the entire African continent. It is estimated that there is one leopard for every kilometre of river in the Luangwa Valley. Therefore, the possibility of spotting this elusive and majestic nocturnal creature is fairly high.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Wildlife Camp

Day 19

Petauke, Zambia

We depart from South Luangwa today, we stop at the Tribal Textiles for a visit and journey through to Petauke where we spend the afternoon unwinding. Purely African, Zambia is somewhat of an adjustment to the more western ways of Southern Africa.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: South Luangwa National Park to Petauke ±170 km
Included Highlight Textile project visit (full tour available March to December)

Day 20

Lusaka, Zambia

Our travels to the lively capital of Lusaka leads us along a fascinating path. On weekdays there might be a chance to pay a visit to one of the intriguing local markets of the area.

The capital and biggest city of Zambia, Lusaka has two primary spoken languages – English and Nyanja. It is situated in the southern region of the central plateau of Zambia at a height of 1300 metres and has a population of approximately 1.7 million. With one of the most rapidly developing city centres in Africa, Lusaka is situated in a prolific farming region and is Zambia’s administrative, financial and commercial centre. It is believed that with proper and effective economic improvements, Lusaka (as well as Zambia as a whole) will advance significantly. Lusaka is home to a varied community of foreigners, many of whom work in the aid industry, as well as diplomats, representatives of religious societies and several business people. Historically, Lusaka was once the site of a village named after its headman, Lusaka, which was situated at Manda Hill; close by to where the National Assembly building now stands. The area was extended by European settlers in 1905 with the construction of the railway.

During 1935, Lusaka was selected to replace Livingstone as the capital of the British colony of northern Rhodesia, due to its relatively central location on the railway. After the union of northern and southern Rhodesia in 1953, Lusaka became the heart of the independence movement, resulting in the formation of the Republic of Zambia. Zambia became the 9th African state to gain independence from the British colonialists in 1964, following which President Kaunda came to power, with Lusaka as the country’s capital.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Eureka Camp
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Petauke to Lusaka ±410 km

Day 21

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today we journey from Lusaka and make our way across the border of Zimbabwe into Victoria Falls. This evening you can look forward to an optional dinner with your fellow travellers.

At 1700 metres wide and 108 metres high, Victoria Falls is said to be the biggest falls in the world. According to popular belief, Scottish explorer David Livingstone was the very first European to stand witness to the mighty Victoria Falls and wrote: “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, is used as the official name in Zambia. Because of its enormous power and size, the Falls are embellished with countless mythologies. It is believed by the local Tonga people of Zambezi that a river god, Nyaminyami, lives in the water in the shape of a gigantic snake.

The Zambezi River flooded thrice when the Kariba Dam was constructed in the 1950s, causing numerous deaths and much devastation. The locals believe that Nyaminyami became angry with the building of the Dam and thus was the entity that caused the horrendous floods. The peculiar form of Victoria Falls allows its entire width to be seen face-on from as near as 60 metres to the Falls due to the Zambezi River dropping into a deep and narrow slot-like fissure connected to a lengthy sequence of ravines. There are very few waterfalls in the world that permit this close of an approach on foot.

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

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Lusaka to Victoria Falls ±480 km

Day 22 - 23

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Botswana – Kasane, Botswana

At the beginning of our adventure, we will be briefed by our guide about the following couple of days. Today we pay a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls and the thundering Zambezi before making our way to the Botswana border to Kasane. During the afternoon we indulge in an incredible included sunset cruise that takes place on the Chobe River. During this you will be able to spot plenty of animals wandering along the riverbanks – a spectacular way to game-view.

The second biggest park in all of Botswana, Chobe National Park spreads over approximately 10,600 square kilometres of northern Botswana. The Park forms part of the medley of lakes, islands and floodplains created from the river systems of the Kwanda, Linyanti and Chobe Rivers. This region is well-known for its enormous buffalo and elephant herds – the population of which is presently around 120,000. The Chobe elephants migrate often and travel up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they gather during the dry season, to the pans in the southeast portion of the park during rainy season. These giants are specifically Kalahari elephants, identifiable by their frail ivory and short tusks which are possibly due to the lack of calcium in the soils. Because of their high population, much damage to vegetation is caused in certain areas and therefore, culls have been considered but never carried out due to the enormous controversy surrounding the act.

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

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Victoria Falls Rainbow HotelThebe River Safaris
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Victoria Falls to Kasane ±100 km
Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entrance Fee, Chobe National Park Game Drive, Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Optional Activity: Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner Cruise and more
Border Post: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00 Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00-20h00

Day 24

Kasane – Caprivi Region, Namibia

We enter Namibia today and travel across the Caprivi Strip where most of the day is spent journeying through the Game Parks. We set up camp on the banks of the Okavango River where we will prepare for our two night outing into the Delta.. You will be briefed on what you need for the excursion into the Delta.

The rivers that run into the Okavango Delta have to way in which to reach the sea, so instead irrigate around 15,000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert, creating the world’s biggest inland delta, and the only one of its kind.

Accommodation: Two per room: Rainbow Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kasane to Rainbow River Lodge ±435 km
Border Post: Namibia: Ngoma Border Post, B8, In Ngoma, Zambezi (Caprivi), +264(0)66 250 601 Open: 07:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay behind during the Delta Excursion for the next two days.

Day 25 - 26

Caprivi Region – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Throughout the time we spend in the Delta, we are introduced to the finest nature has to offer.

An early start the following day sees us head out on the waterways on our way to the larger islands for our nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife. A breakfast awaits us after our walk.

We embark on several nature hikes and explore the Delta by means of mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), depending on water levels. The Delta is remarkable and a truly memorable experience as the game here are not used to humans. Just sitting and unwinding frequently allows for spectacular bird or game viewing.

A maze of lagoons, lakes and concealed channels spreading over 17,000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta is the world’s biggest inland delta. Originating in Angola, countless rivers merge to form the Cubango River which flows through Namibia, becoming the Kavango River and finally entering Botswana where it turns into the Okavango. Eons ago, the Okavango River flowed into a massive inland lake named Lake Makgadikgadi which is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans. Tectonic activity disturbed the currents of the river, resulting in it backing up and thus creating what is now recognized as the Okavango Delta. This has formed a complex network of waterways that sustain a large variety of fauna and flora.

There are approximately 200,000 large mammals living in and around the Delta. On the mainland and amidst the Delta islands, lion, elephant, hyena, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodile gather with an assortment of antelope and other smaller animals such as warthog, mongoose, spotted genet, monkey, bush baby and tree squirrel. Remarkably, the endangered African Wild Dog lives within the Okavango Delta, displaying one of the richest pack densities throughout Africa. The Delta is also home to over 400 species of bird including the majestic African Fish Eagle. Plenty of these creatures live in the Delta, but most simply pass through during their migrations with the summer rains to seek out renewed lush fields ready for grazing. During the beginning of winter, the countryside dries up and these animals head back to the Delta, making for spectacular game sightings as the massive numbers of prey and predators are forced together. Specific regions of the floodplains provide some of the most magnificent predator action seen anywhere in the entire world.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Area near Jumbo Junction
Facilities En-suites Per Tent: Twin share permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
Optional Activity: Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person

Day 27

Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

After a relaxing morning we embark on a game drive before taking a scenic flight back to Maun, where we will spend the night around the camp fire reflecting on the experiences in the Delta.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sitatunga or Island Safari Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Okavango Delta to Maun

Day 28 - 29

Maun – Central Kalahari – Kang

An optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta is available for those wanting to participate in activities before travelling to the central Kalahari. Home to the fascinating San people, we spend time getting to know the cultures and traditions of these people and your evening is spent experiencing first hand song, dance and story telling.

The following day we rise early and embark on a guided walk with our San guides, learning the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari  Desert. We travel on the Trans-Kalahari highway and spend our second evening in a small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.

Accommodation: Two Per Room Dqae Qare San Lodge  or Ghanzi Trail Blazers , Kang Ultra Stop
Facilities: En-Suites Bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Maun to Ghanzi ±309km , Ghanzi to Kang ±262km
Included Highlight: San Evening Dance Performance
Optional Activity: Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta
Activity Package: Bush Walk with San Guides

Day 30

Kang – Johannesburg, South Africa

Leaving the Kalahari behind we make our way to the north western province where we will arrive in Belverde Estate in the afternoon. Following a lengthy, picturesque journey, we arrive in Johannesburg where your tour comes to an end. South Africa’s City of Gold has plenty to offer and should by no means be underestimated as a spectacular travel destination.

Johannesburg is the biggest and most populated South African city and is the second biggest city in all of Africa (after Cairo). Gold was discovered in the mineral-rich Witwaterstrand in 1886 by George Harrison, an Australian prospector. This find began a massive gold rush as fortune-hunters flocked to the region from all parts of the world. A large labour force of contract workers quickly sprung to work in the mines, and within the span of just three years, Johannesburg transformed into South Africa’s biggest settlement. This city is the now the economic and financial centre of the country and though mining no longer takes place within the bounds of the city, the headquarters of the majority of mining businesses can be located here. Johannesburg is also renowned as the world’s biggest man-made forest, with more than ten million trees planted throughout the massive city.

Accommodation: Own arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Tuli Block to Johannesburg ±690 km
Activity Package: Stevensford Afternoon Game Drive
Optional Activities: Dinner Out Johannesburg
Border Post: Botswana: Martinsdrift, Tel: +267 494 0254, Open: 08h00-18h00. South Africa: Groblersburg, Tel: +27 41 767 1164, Open: 08h00-18h00

 

30 Day Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Explorer (Comfort) Activities

The Activity Package (optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Bush walk with San guides ZAR100
  • Okavango Delta excursion ZAR12780
  • Chobe National Park boat cruise ZAR570
  • Chobe National Park game drive ZAR570
  • Vic Falls National Park entry ZAR540
  • South Luangwa National Park afternoon game drive ZAR1490
  • Mikumi National Park game drive ZAR1490
  • 3-Day Zanzibar excursion ZAR6420


Other Activities

  • 4 Day Serengeti Camping Excursion Tanzania From ZAR12700 
  • Tips for Guides Clients Discretion
  • Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more
  • Dinner Out Dar Es Salaam
  • Lake Malawi, Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering,
  • Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa
  • Victoria Falls, Bungee Jump, Gorge Swing, Sunset Cruise, Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Experience, Dinner Cruise and more
  • Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta
  • Traditional Braai at Belvedere Estate
Price subject to change

 

30 Day Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Explorer (Comfort) Dates

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30 Day Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Explorer (Comfort) Price

R39,700

Free Pre Tour Nights’ Accommodation in Nairobi at the Hotel Boulevard

+ Single Supplement ZAR 11740

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 23960


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R39,700

Free Pre Tour Nights’ Accommodation in Nairobi at the Hotel Boulevard

+ Single Supplement ZAR 11740

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 23960

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