Southern Africa Safari (Comfort) (14 Days)

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Tour Details

Tour Style Comfort Small Group Top Pick
Length 14 days
Countries Visited Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Starts Pretoria
Ends Pretoria
Group Size Min 2 Max 12
Age Range All Ages
Tour SKU ACS2599
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Why You'll Love this Tour

When it comes to great safari destinations, this Southern Africa tour is packing heat: Kruger, Chobe, Matobo, the Okavango Delta, and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. While exploring these wildlife havens, you’ll be up close and personal with such a huge number of elephants, lions, leopards, hyenas, rhinos, buffaloes, and a myriad other species that you'll fill your camera memory card in a matter of days. This is the Africa you've seen in all those incredible travel photos, but in the flesh (or fur).

Tour Price

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



+ Single Supplement (Optional) 6000

+ Activity Package (Compulsory) USD 850

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    Tour Reviews

    Review by Denise F who traveled Southern Africa Safari:

    I had the most incredible time in Africa and I cannot wait to go back. It was truly amazing. Thanks for your patience and persistence to help me find a tour that suited me and wasn’t sold out! I’m refusing to call it a once in a lifetime experience just because I know I’ll be back many more times.

    Review by Sandra Yonekura who traveled Southern Africa Safari:

    The trip 14 days…South África…Zimbabwe and Botsuana was amazing! Greats places, hotels/lodges nice and clean, breakfast ok! Highlights:game drivers/ walkings, Vic Falls, flying over the Okavango Delta,sleep in a tent! Our driver/guide Simon was the best!!Professional, gentle and with great knowledge! I strong recommend this awesome trip!

    Dates Tour Length: 14 days

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    • Meals - 13 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 12 Dinners
    • Accommodation - Twin share chalets and guest houses with en suite (12 nights), Pre-erected tent with en suite (1 night)
    • Transport
    • Road tolls and taxes
    • Park fees
    • Services of driver / wildlife guide
    • Blyde River Canyon
    • Kruger National Park Game Drives
    • Bakone Open Air Museum
    • Chobe National Park Sunset Cruise
    • Chobe Chobe National Park Game Drive
    • Victoria Falls Visit
    • Victoria Falls Zambezi Sunset Dinner Cruise
    • Matobo National Park Wilderness Walk & Game Drive
    • Gweta Local Village walk
    • Okavango Delta Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari
    • Khama Rhino Sanctuary


    • Activity Package
    • Visas
    • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance) and medical insurance
    • Flights
    • Departure taxes
    • Airport transfers
    • Tips
    • Drinks
    • Optional activities
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Meals not indicated


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

    Included in Activity Package (Additional fee applies)

    • Kruger National Park Game Drive
    • Bakone Museum Entrance
    • Matobo NP Entrance & Game Drive
    • Chobe NP Fish Eagle Cruise
    • Chobe NP Game Drive
    • Okavango Delta Excursion
    • Victoria Falls NP Entrance
    • Zambezi River Sunset Dinner Cruise
    • Khama Rhino Sanctuary Entrance & Game Drive

    Other Activities

    Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense Botswana

    • Okavango Delta Flight (5-7 Seated plane and 45 min) – price per plane From $650
    • Baobab Forest Sundowners $40
    • Okavango Scenic Helicopter Flight per 3 seater chopper – 22 min From $450
    • Maun Horse Riding $65
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    • Matobo NP full day tour upgrade $55
    • Vic Falls Bungee (single/tandem) $170
    • Bike Tour – 3 hours $65
    • White-water Rafting $130
    • Gorge Swing $100
    • Full Day Canoe $150
    • Helicopter 12 Min $150
    • Jet Boating $100
    • Birding ½ day $160
    Prices subject to change


    Day 1

    Pretoria – Hoedspruit, South Africa

    Leaving South Africa‘s administrative city, Pretoria, we travel across the picturesque province of Mpumalanga, marvelling at the splendid mountainous landscapes. We make a stop at the massive Three Rondavels rock formations and delight in the fresh air and spectacular surrounds that overlook the Blyde River Canyon, as well as the Lowveld and Greater Kruger. Following lunch, we head to the famous Kruger National Park and our accommodation for the evening. After dinner we relax and enjoy the first night on tour.

    Trip Highlights: Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels
    Accommodation: : Nsele Lodge or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Dinner
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    Distance Covered: +/- 460 kms
    Approximate Driving Time: 10 – 11 hours

    Day 2

    Hoedspruit – Kruger National Park, South Africa

    We awake early today and board the 4×4 game viewing vehicles and set off on our adventure of game tracking with our experienced guide. The Kruger National Park boasts over 505 species of birds, 148 mammals and has plenty of reptiles to keep an eye out for. The reserve is famous for it’s impressive atmosphere and amazing wildlife. We cool off at the rest camp during the midday heat where there are restaurants, souvenir stores and swimming pools. We return to our campsite in the late afternoon, after enjoying a full-bodied taste of Africa. We enjoy a satisfying dinner this evening while relaxing at the lodge.

    Trip Highlights: Full day game drives
    Accommodation: : Nsele Lodge (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    Approximate Driving Time: Full day with game drives

    Day 3

    Kruger National Park – Polokwane, South Africa

    We awake to the early morning sounds of nature before enjoying breakfast in the Park. Our journey leads us over beautiful scenic passes and flourishing citrus farms along the valleys and mountains of Limpopo – known as an eco-tourism destination in Southern Africa. We enter Polokwane and explore this fascinating area where we learn about the Bakone Culture and the open air museum teaches us the traditions of this interesting tribe. We spend the evening at a lodge nearby.

    Trip Highlights: Bakone Open Air Museum
    Accommodation: Destiny Inn Lodge or similar (Twin share cabins with en-suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    Distance Covered: +/- 320 km
    Approximate Driving Time: 7 – 8 hours

    Day 4

    Polokwane – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    This morning we head off on a new adventure crossing out of South Africa and cross into Zimbabwe where border formalities may take some time as it is the busiest land border, however once it is completed we make our way to Bulawayo, a tranquil city with luscious trees and clear spaces. Accommodation this evening is situated just outside of town in a quiet garden setting, should time allow, feel free to explore the city of Zimbabwe.

    Accommodation: Travellers Guest House or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    Distance Covered: +/- 600 kms
    Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours

    Day 5

    Bulawayo – Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe

    After a good night’s sleep, we start the day early and jump into a 4×4 vehicle for a game drive into the Matobo National Park which is situated a short distance outside of Bulawayo. You will be led by an expert guide through the stunning reserve. The Matobo Hills are sculpted by the strong winds in the area and are the site of various exquisite Bushman paintings. This place contains an exceptional cultural and spiritual significance to the indigenous people. The park has a large concentration of Black and White Rhino and if conditions are suitable, you embark on a guided walk in search of these animals. This reserve also contains the highest population of leopard and black eagle in the world, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these magnificent animals. We also try our best to spot giraffe, zebra, and ostrich, as well as a wide assortment of antelope and buck species.

    Trip Highlights: Matobo National Park Nature Drive and Wildnerness Walk (Half Day)
    Accommodation: Travellers Guest House or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    Approximate Driving Time: Game Drives & Wilderness Tours – Half Day
    Optional Activities: Upgrade to full day tour including historical tour and village tour for US$55

    Day 6 - 7

    Bulawayo – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Departing from Bulawayo, we make our way to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival, you will be briefed about the adventures and excursions available to you for the next day. We pay a visit to the Victoria Falls in the afternoon 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 oa Tunya meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River before making your way back to our accommodation for the evening. The following day is free for you to explore this magical destination.

    Trip Highlights: Sunset Cruise, Free day to choose many activities
    Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Breakfast X2, Lunch, Dinner
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    Distance Covered: +/- 450kms
    Approximate Driving Time: 8 hours
    Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping US$170, Gorge Swing US$100, Helicopter Flights from US$150, White water rafting US$130, Full day canoe US$150, Game walk US$120, Jet boating US$100, Birding ½ day US$160, Bike tour – 3 hours US$65

    Day 8

    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe National Park, Botswana

    We journey a brief distance from Victoria Falls to the Botswana boarder, crossing into Kasane. Entering in the tiny town of Kasane, we arrive at our lodge for the evening. Armed with sunscreen and cameras, in the afternoon we climb aboard our open 4X4 vehicle and begin our search for lion, leopard, hyena, elephant, giraffe and a variety of antelope and birdlife whilst winding through dusty roads and rough landscapes. Chobe National Park was the first national park to be constructed in Botswana and is the biggest park in the entire country. The Chobe River is one of the most stunning in Africa and sustains a massive population of wildlife. We enter the Chobe once more in the early evening, this time on a river cruise that offers us incredible views of the animals searching for water as the sun sets. Satisfied with a lovely day of game viewing and such, we unwind at the lodge this evening.

    Trip Highlights: Chobe National Park game drive, Chobe River cruise
    Accommodation: Thebe Safari Lodge or similar (Twin share rooms with en‐suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    Distance Covered: +/- 90kms
    Approximate Driving Time: 2 hours

    Day 9

    Chobe National Park – Gweta, Botswana

    After a early breakfast, we start a relaxing journey toward Gweta. Driving down we could encounter elephants or buffalo relaxing next to the highway as there are no fences. Making a quick stop at a small settlement, we enjoy lunch in Nata before we arrive in Gweta. Try the optional Baobab Forest tour to see these great natural giants. The evening is spent at the lodge relaxing in the peace of the pans.

    Trip Highlights: Roaming wildlife
    Accommodation: Gweta Lodge or similar (Twin share chalet with en‐suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Distance Covered: +/- 450 kms
    Approximate Driving Time: 6.5 hours
    Optional Activities: Baobab Forest Sundowners US$40

    Day 10

    Gweta – Maun, Botswana

    After breakfast we follow a guide around the local village to experience everyday life in rural Botswana. We then depart and head west to Maun the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun has experienced rapid growth in recent years and is a bustling provincial centre.  Accommodation this evening is a simple guesthouse/ lodge/ hotel and the rest of your afternoon is free to relax at the pool and prepare for the Delta excursion the following day.

    Trip Highlights: Rural Botswana, Local Villages, Maun
    Accommodation: Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp or similar (Twin share chalet with en-suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    Distance Covered: +/- 250 kms
    Approximate Driving Time: 4 Hours

    Day 11

    Maun – Okavango Delta, Botswana

    Once we have gathered our bags and food supplies, we grab our sunblock and hats and climb aboard our 4X4 vehicle in anticipation of discovering the hidden wonders of the Okavango Delta. We head to the ‘mokoro’ station and are introduced to the local Tswana ‘polers’, our guides for the excursion, and transfer our luggage and equipment to the mokoros (dug-out canoes). We travel by these shallow canoes among giant lily pads and tall grasses to our camp on the edge of the Okavango. From our camp we head out on a guided walk in search of some of the abundant birdlife and larger mammals that inhabit this area. The entire area is a natural wetland spreading over some 1.6 million hectares of Northern Botswana providing a perfect environment for the wildlife that roams here. The Okavango River rises in Angola and flows south dividing repeatedly and then spreads out into a broad inland delta which is the only one of it’s kind in the world. We enjoy the wilderness experience and in the evening the camp is an unforgettable experience.

    Trip Highlights: Okavango Delta, Mokoro excursion, Game walk, Swimming, Island camping
    Accommodation: Elephant Camp (Twin share pre-erected tents with en suite facilities – basic-style bucket shower & toilet)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Distance Covered: +/- 60 kms
    Approximate Driving Time: 2 hours

    Day 12

    Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

    Following a final game walk in the morning and a satisfying breakfast, we gather our things and pack them into our mokoros, leaving behind only our footprints. We smoothly glide over the quiet waterways and make our way back to the poler’s station where our 4X4 waits for us. Once we have said our goodbyes to our polers, we head back into civilization once more, where we delight in hot showers, a tasty lunch and a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. Feeling fresh and invigorated, we are given a chance to join the guide for an outing into town where you are free to browse the shopping area and markets around the central business district. A well-loved activity here is a flight over the Delta that gives you a fantastic aerial view of your enormous and magnificent surroundings. From the sky you will gain an entirely new perspective of the Delta and, subsequently, a better appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounded you for the past few days. Heading back to camp, we delight in a swim and a hearty supper that brings the night to an end, beneath the star-studded African sky.

    Trip Highlights: Okavango Delta, Mokoro excursion, Game walk, Swimming, Maun
    Accommodation: Delta Rain’s Sitatunga Camp or similar (Twin share chalet with en-suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    Distance Covered: +/- 60kms
    Approximate Driving Time: 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$65, , Helicopter Scenic Flight per 3-seater chopper – 22 min flight time from US$450

    Day 13

    Maun – Khama Rhino Sanctuary

    We awake early to a hearty breakfast and depart from Maun journeying through the greater Kalahari area spotting enormous salt pans in the distance.We reach the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in the late morning and set up camp. In 1989, a few locals wanted to transform the Serowe Pan (formerly a hunting region) into a conservation area for the rhino that have made this place their home. The Pan was chosen due to it’s rhino-friendly environment and it’s close proximity to a Botswana Defence Force base which keeps the area guarded 24/7. Situated on the edge of the massive Kalahari Desert, Khama is a perfect environment for white rhino, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe. Khama is a community-based wildlife project that aids the locals and educates us on the significance of protecting these creatures.

    At noon we are treated to an open game drive, accompanied by an expert local ranger. We are educated about the surrounding wildlife and are learn fascinating facts about the animals we see, as well as the abundant flora. Our final evening on this tour is spent at the Stevensford private nature conservancy situated on the Limpopo River in Botswana’s Tuli Block and enjoy our last dinner.

    Trip Highlights: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Game drive
    Accommodation: Stevensford Game Reserve or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Wi-Fi: Yes
    Distance Covered: +/- 700 kms
    Approximate Driving Time: 11- 12 hours

    Day 14

    Martins Drift – Pretoria, South Africa

    On our last day of our tour, we journey to the border post at Martin’s Drift. Crossing the magnificent Limpopo River into South Africa, we are treated to picturesque sights as we observe the transition from abundant plant life to populated civilization. We reach Pretoria in the early evening where our adventure with each other comes to an end.

    Trip Highlights: Limpopo River
    Accommodation: Not Included
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Distance Covered: +/- 400kms
    Approximate Driving Time: 6 hours

    Onward Travel Plans

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

    Pre Departure

    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.


    Camping Tours:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Accommodated Tours:

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

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

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

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

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

    Distances and Road Conditions:

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

    What will you eat on safari?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


    Tea, coffee and cordial drinks are supplied with meals 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.


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


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


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


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

    Medication/first aid kit:

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


    • Water bottle
    • Book (you can swap with the rest of the group)
    • Extra memory/film for your camera (remember to set at the highest resolution as you might want to enlarge the pictures)
    • Head torch
    • Pens
    • Zip-lock bags (medium sized for cameras, snacks, trash etc.)
    • Extra batteries
    • Travel power strip ( a compact three-plug unit that includes two USB connections. With just one wall plug you can charge five gadgets) Buy on Amazon and 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.


    • 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.


    • 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 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!


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

    How others can reach you:

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


    • You are not permitted to take photographs at the border crossing, 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.


    • 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


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


    Medical Insurance:

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

    Travel Insurance:

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

    Single Supplements:

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

    Optional Activities:

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

    What is a Local Payment?

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

    Activity Package:

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

    Money Matters:

    • Your spending money, visas and optional activities needs to consist of a combination of Cash and Traveller Cheques in the currency quoted (tour specific). Credit cards are only accepted at some places (mostly larger cities) and throughout South Africa.
    • 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


    • 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)


    • 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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