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20 Day Tanzania to Johannesburg Overland

20 Day Overland Tanzania to Johannesburg travelling South through East Africa and through Southern Africa.

R23,800

+ Single Supplement (Optional) ZAR 630

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 9800


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

 

20 Day Tanzania to Johannesburg Overland Tour Overview

Departing from Dar es Salaam
Ends in
Johannesburg

Starting in Dar Es Salaam this adventure trip travels south through Tanzania and Malawi before crossing into Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. Expect to experience the famous Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Livingstone, Lusaka, Lake Malawi, Iringa and Dar Es Salaam. Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering sound of the mighty Zambezi. Victoria Falls offers many exciting water sports.

Included

  • Meals - 18 Breakfast, 19 Lunch, 17 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

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

SKU: CAE0475
 

20 Day Tanzania to Johannesburg Overland Itinerary

Day 1

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: Camp: Asante Afrika Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi ± 195 km

Day 2

Iringa, Tanzania

Starting the day early this morning we enjoy a game drive in the Mikumi National Park before journeying further inland making our way up to Iringa situated in the southern highland tea plantation region of Tanzania. Tonight we eat in a fantastic local 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: Camp: 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 3

 Lake Malawi – Malawi, Tanzania

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

Accommodation: Camp: 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 ± 560 km
Border Post: Malawi: Songwe (no telephone), Open: 06h00-18h00 Tazaia: Chizuulu, Tel: +   , Ope: h-18h00

Day 4 - 5

Lake Malawi, Tanzania

The next two days are spent enjoying the magnificent views and sounds of Lake Malawi. You could laze around at the pool at your accommodation, snorkel or swim in Lake Malawi. You may be able to book a full day hike to the Livingstonia Mission.

The following morning we make time to visit Karonga. The town is the centre of Malawi’s slave trade. Home to magnificent museums boasting displays of dinosaurs and the rich history of people and the world.

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: Camp: Maji Zuwa
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Included Highlight: Karonga Town and Museum Visit
Optional Activity: Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering
Lake Malawi

Day 6

Lake Malawi, Tanzania

Our lodging for tonight is situated on the peaceful shores of Lake Malawi, Ngala Beach. Enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling in the clear, calm waters of the lake.

Accommodation: Camp: Ngala Beach Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Chilumba to Nkhotakota Region
Route: ±375 km

Day 7

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. In the afternoon we embark on an included sunset game drive through the beautiful South Luangwa National Park.

Accommodation: Camp: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Nkhotakota Region to South Luangwa National Park ±305 km
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Day 8

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

You have a full day to explore the park and its huge varieties of wildlife within it. You will have a chance to embark on one more optional morning safari or one of the walking safaris this morning. The Park is renowned for its large population of leopard and hippos. Following lunch, we embark on a Sunset Game drive in the park. Our day is seperated into a day and night drive with an enjoyable sundowner break in between. An amazing opportunity presents itself when we are able to see the animals we are unable to spot during the day.

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.

Note: Tribal textile production department is closed from December to March, but the textile shop is open all year around.

Accommodation: Camp: Wildlife Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions 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

Day 9

Petauke, Zambia

We depart from South Luangwa today, we stop at Tribal Textiles. The area Chipata is a huge producer of Cotton and we get to experience the creativity of African culture. A workshop (March to December) is available for those who would like to enjoy and see how the beautiful fabrics are crafted. Our camp this evening will be in the quaint town of Petuake. Purely African, Zambia is somewhat of an adjustment to the more western ways of Southern Africa.

Accommodation: Camp: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: South Luangwa National Park to Petauke ±185 km
Included Highlight: Textile project visit (full tour available March to December)

Day 10

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: Camp: Eureka Camp 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Petauke to Lusaka ±403 km

Day 11

Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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

Accommodation: 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  ± 570 km
Optional Activities: Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Border Post: Zambia: Vic Falls Bridge, no telephone number, Open: 06h00-20h00. Zimbabwe: Vic Falls Bridge, no telephone number, Open: 06h00-20h00.

Day 12 - 13

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: Victoria Falls Rainbow HotelThebe River Safaris
Facilities: Shared ablutions, En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Vic Falls to Kasane ±100 kms
Activity Package: Vic Falls National Park Entry, Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights 12-13 min (3pax min), Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water), Photo Safari
Border Post Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00. Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00- 20h00

Day 14

Kasane – Caprivi Region, Namibia

Rising early to enjoy a game drive in the Chobe National Park before leaving Kasane. We travel through to the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We enter Namibia  and set up camping on the pan handle of the delta. Here we will prepare for our two night outing 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: Camp: Rainbow River Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Kasane to Rainbow River Lodge ± 435 kms
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 15 - 16

Caprivi Region – Okavango Delta, Botswana

We make our back to Botswana this morning and enter the gateway to the Okavango Delta. On arriving at our camp we get ready for our afternoon cruise and sundowner drinks on the water. 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 and enjoy the activities on offer at the Delta.

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: Camp: Jumbo Junction
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta ±160 km
Activity Package: Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Border Post: Namibia: Mohembo Border, Divundi/Bangani, Zambezi (Caprivi) +264(0)66 259 902 Open: 06:00-18:00 (GMT+2)

Optional Activities: If you wish to participate in additional Mokoro rides or nature walks, apart from what is included in the activity package, please speak to your guide. Tips for Polers are appreciated by not compulsory.

Day 17

Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

We depart from the magnificent Delta and journey to Maun where we will spend the night. Spend the evening around the camp fire reflecting in the experiences in the Delta.

Accommodation: Camp: Delta Rain – Sitatunga or Island Safari Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Okavango Delta to Maun  ±485 km

Day 18 - 19

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: Dqae Qare San Lodge  or Ghanzi Trail Blazers , Kang Ultra Stop
Facilities: Shared Ablutions 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 20

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, or the City of Gold, 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 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 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: Kang to Johannesburg ±680 km
Optional Activity: Traditional Braai at Belvedere Estate
Border Post: Botswana Pioneer Gate Tel: +267 533 3992, Open: 06h00 – 24h00 South Africa Skilpadshek Tel: +27 0800 00 7277, Open: 06h00 – 24h00

 

20 Day Tanzania to Johannesburg Overland Activities

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

  • Bush walk with San guides ZAR100
  • Okavango Delta excursion ZAR5040
  • 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


Other Activities

  • Livingstonia Day Trip (Hike)
  • Snorkeling 1hr Tanzania From $25 to $50
  • Safari Walk outside South Luangwa National Park (4 hours) Zambia From $40 to $60
  • Morning Game Drive (Including Park Fees) Zambia From $60 to $80
  • Dinner Out Victoria Falls Zimbabwe From $20 to $50
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers Zimbabwe From $ 90 to $ 100
  • Bungee Jump Zimbabwe From $ 155 to $ 175
  • Helicopter Flights 12-13 min (3pax min) Zimbabwe From $150 to $175
  • Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water) Zimbabwe From $145 to $160
  • Photo Safari Botswana From $120 to $360
  • Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person Botswana Clients Discretion
  • 2Hr Horseriding incl Transfer (min 2 pax) Botswana From $80 to $100
  • Scenic Flight up to 4pax Depending on Plane Size Botswana From $425 to $600
  • Dinner Out Johannesburg South Africa From ZAR80 to ZAR150

 

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20 Day Tanzania to Johannesburg Overland Price

R23,800

+ Single Supplement (Optional) ZAR 630

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 9800


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+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 9800

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