Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Camping (57 Days)

Tour Details

Tour Style Camping Top Pick
Length 57 days
Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Starts Nairobi
Ends Cape Town
Group Size Max 28 - 30
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
Tour SKU CAM0915
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Why You'll Love this Tour

This comprehensive overland tour includes all of Africa’s blockbusters and then some. Explore Namibia’s giant sand dunes, mingle with the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert, drift along the Okavango in a mokoro and trek with gorillas deep in Uganda’s misty mountains. The best part is surely witnessing the circle of life in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Bursting with highlights, this tour is sure to show you the magical beauty of Africa!

Tour Price

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



+ Optional Gorilla Trekking From USD 825

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at USD 8490. Currency fluctuations may occur

Includes arrival airport transfer

Tour Reviews

Review by Cathy who traveled Nairobi to Cape Town Overland:

Well, my mega trip through Africa…. An experience of a lifetime!!

Flew into Nairobi, Kenya and landed on the 7th November. It’s so scary all the trouble there now and I thank my lucky stars that I didn’t book the trip any later than when I went.

We started off with the Masai Mara leg of the trip where I not only got to meet the tribes people, but also view the great migration crossing of east Africa. This is one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles, where 1.5 million wildebeest, gazelle and zebra’s migrate over 1,800 miles each year from the vast Serengeti plains to Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of rain ripened grass. The smell was proof enough!!! The Masai warriors entertained us with their jumping skills around the camp fire and I was chosen to accompany the jumping ‘king’ – very big honour and still not sure if it was my (very) white skin, blue eyes or height that secured this privilege…ha ha ha!

We slept out in the open in the Serengeti and this is where the camping started to really roughen up. Putting up tents in 45 degree Celsius afternoon heat and taking down at 4.30am in the dark is a bit of a trial but no running water or toilet facilities for 2 days was an even bigger trial…never been more dirty, especially after full days safari’s in open 4X4′s. Make up and combed hair were forgotten in London!!!

Tanzania was gorgeous and green and in the town I sat in on an open court case held at the United Nations for prosecution of Rwanda genocide war crimes. Took very long with lawyers having to translate for their clients the questions from English to Swahili and vice-versa. Very interesting for sure!!!

Zanzibar was just brilliant – I went swimming with wild dolphins in the sea and it was the strangest experience ever. The snorkelling was amazing there with many bright Nemo fish and starfish. I even saw our boatman spear an eel.

Malawi was also very hot but thankfully our tents could be placed on the sand right by the waters edge. The lake is so huge that it looks like the sea. Very strange not to taste salty. We had a party the one night here and had to buy an outfit for a group member from the local market. What an experience that was- haggling with the locals for totally inappropriate outfits…

I also had the pleasure of visiting a local witchdoctor and got to see the box of potions…anything from ‘beauty’ to ‘lucky in love’ to placing a spell on someone!

The one evening there was great commotion and we were all called over to see what they had found outside a tent near the bathrooms…. A 2 metre long black Mamba snake- extremely poisonous and absolutely gave us the hibby-jibbies, especially after I found out the tent location in question WAS WHERE MY TENT WAS!!!!!!

Zimbabwe wasn’t as bad as I thought and we all still managed to have plenty of food even though the shop shelves were scarcely stocked. Victoria Falls was just beautiful with many lookout points. The power of the water was so immense that even standing on the opposite bank, you were covered with the misty spray!

River rafting down the Zambezi was brilliant but a little scary with grade 6 rapids and knowing that crocodiles laced the banks. I also crazily booked myself on a half day adrenaline package…oh my nerves…for all my sins!!! It involved three ‘routines’ with the finale being a gorge swing. Have never been that scared – even lost my voice and only recovered it after I was left swinging at the bottom…gave out a HUGE whelp of sheer appreciation to be alive!

The currency was ridiculous and apparently the beer price changed every day. It was about a million Zim Dollars to one US$…you had to carry wads of money around.
Botswana held one of my highlights, which was the Okavango Delta where we had 3 days of pure nature! No toilets or running water again as we literally just stopped where we saw a clearing large enough to accommodate our pack of tents. We had poleman take us out on Mokoro’s from the departure point. Just beautiful meandering through the water channels. We did a 4-hour walk there too which was stunning. Waterlillies decorated the reeds all over – just stunning.

Just outside Namibia our truck broke down…oh no! We sent our tour guide into town with the only car that came past (very smug) and took absolute opportunity of the situation by holding a MAJOR party ‘on board’…yip, absolute carnage…was the most fun party I have ever attended, that’s for sure. We very cleverly pulled together 30 people’s left over alcohol and called this vile mixture PUNCH. It tasted much better once we chopped up some apples to go in. We even managed to find some party hats, streamers and poppers. This carried on for 7 hours until we were ‘carried’ off the bus and dropped into 4×4′s to take us into Etosha National Park. Absolutely fabulous! We all became instant best friends and best drinking pals after that which saw us every evening after supper sitting around the campsite fire singing songs albeit a bit rude at points!!!

In Etosha safari park we stayed at 2 camps namely Okakeujo and Namitoni. We went for night game rides and saw so many animals at the two watering holes with rhino’s, lions and elephants making an appearance amongst others.

We then travelled down to Spitzkoppe and visited a cheetah park. There was a baby giraffe there too which was tame so we could touch her baby fur…too gorgeous with her long eyelashes and only a bit taller than me…so gorgeous!

Now for the ultimate…skydiving over the Namib dessert. At 10 000 feet, I realised it was the craziest thing I had ever experienced to date!!!

Namibia is beautiful with its dunes and walking up Dune 45 for sunset was a very rewarding experience. The Fish River Canyon is also something very special. I did find as I got closer to sunny Cape Town, I started really looking forward to arriving.

Well folks, Cape Town arrival date came on 22 December. It was very sad to say good bye to such amazing people and realise it was all over. The best thing to do and would highly recommend you visit Africa!!

Review by Scott & Emily who traveled Nairobi to Cape Town Overland:

What a fantastic amazing soul fulfilling overland trip you planned for us! Africa is part of our world adventure and we loved every single day of the 8 weeks we spent in Africa on this trip!! We loved the camping out at night and while we’re world travellers, your packing list is spot on (we’re using it for the rest of our world trip). The route included the perfect amount of amazing friendly people, such great guides, incredible game viewing and so much adventure … I’d be writing forever!

I think the Namib desert was definitely one of our favorites on our bucket list – especially being able to campout under that amazing night sky!

Dates Tour Length: 57 days

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

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  • Includes arrival airport transfer
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Masai Mara National Park
  • Great Rift Valley
  • Lake Bunyoni
  • Kampala
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Meserani Snake Park & Masai Cultural Museum
  • Serengeti Excursion
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Spice Tour
  • Sunset Dhow Cruise
  • Lake Malawi
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe National Park
  • Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion
  • Okavango Delta Overnight Excursion
  • Etosha National Park
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Swakopmund
  • Transfer to Sossusvlei
  • Sossusvlei
  • Namib Naukluft National Park
  • Fish River Canyon


  • International Flights
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • Departure Transfer
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag and pillows
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Personal Items
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit and Transfer to gorilla trek
  • Entrance fee to Victoria Falls US$ 20


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


  • Includes arrival airport transfer
  • Masai Mara National Reserve Excursion
  • Lake Nakuru National Park Game Drives
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion
  • Zanzibar Spice Tour & Dhow Excursion
  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Game Drives through South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile Excursion
  • Overnight Okavango Delta Excursion
  • Etosha National Park Game Drives
  • Brief stop at Spitzkoppe
  • Visit to Dune 45
  • Visit to Sossusvlei
  • Visit to Fish River Canyon

Other Activities

Optional activities available on this tour at your own expense (prices quoted below are subject to change):

South Africa
  • Abseiling Table Mountain - US$ 120
  • Cape Point (day trip ) - US$ 110
  • Wineland (day trip) - US$ 190
  • Whale viewing (seasonal) - US$ 110
  • Township tour - Cape Town (Half day) - US$ 70
Namibia Activities
  • Quad Biking – US$ 130
  • Sand Boarding - US$ 90
  • Township Tour - US$ 80
  • Sky Diving - US$ 270
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Dolphin Cruise
  • Etosha National Park Game Drive
  • Etosha National Park Night Drive
  • Dinner at Joe's Beer House
  • Ghanzi San / Bushman experience US$ 15
  • Elephant Sands Game Drive
  • Elephant Sands Bush Walk
  • Chobe National Park Sunset Boat Cruise
Please ensure that you pay for activities in Victoria Falls with US$ CASH
Victoria Falls
  • Bungee Jumping (111m) - US$ 130
  • Abseiling
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls (15 min) - US$ 165
  • Micro flight over the Falls (15 min) - US$ 180
  • White water rafting (full day) - US$ 120
  • Riverboarding and Rafting Combo - Low water only (Excl USD10 Nat Parks Fee) - US$ 190
  • Horse Riding (3 hours) - US$ 90
  • Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach - From US$ 60
  • Full Day Snorkelling - US$ 50
  • Village Walk & Meal - US$ 40
  • Horse Riding (2 - 3 hours) - US$ 70 - 240
  • Olduvai Gorge - US$ 35
  • Stone Town city and spice tour (Zanzibar) - US$ 60
  • Prison Island Snorkelling Trip (Zanzibar) - US$ 70
  • Dhow Fishing Trip (Zanzibar) - US$ 50
  • Half Day Snorkel Trip - US$ 60
  • Scuba Diving - From US$ 100
  • Moped Hire - US$ 100
  • Nairobi National Park half day tour (minimum 2) - US$ 175
  • Masai Village Cultural Visit - US$ 20
  • Masai Warrior Dancing - US$ 20
  • Naivasha Horse Riding (per hour) - US$ 30
  • Naivasha Boat Hire (max 7 pax) - US$ 70
  • Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon - US$ 600
  • Gorilla Trek (excl Transfer US$ 120) - From US$ 600
  • White Water Rafting on the Nile - US$ 160
  • Nile Bungee Jump - US$ 120
  • Soft Power Community Project - US$ 30
  • Quad Biking 2 hrs - US$ 100
  • Horse Riding 2 hrs (excl transfer) - From US$ 60


Day 1

Nairobi, Kenya

Upon arrival in this stunning geographical country, you will be greeted with the words of “jambo” (hello) or “hakuna matata” (no problem) by the friendly locals. With a population of almost 42 million and land area of more than 580 000 sq km Kenya is home to an abundance of animals and vibrant tribes, creating the perfect escape for a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Meals Included: No meals

Day 2

Nairobi to Masai Mara, Kenya

Departing from the bustling Nairobi, we climb the escarpment to our first destination, a viewpoint that overlooks a portion of the remarkable Great Rift Valley. We then descend into the Rift Valley, entering the Masai territory where these farmers are frequently seen tending to their livestock on the side of the road. Passing through the town of Narok, we continue our drive hoping to catch a glimpse of some spectacular wildlife along the way. We arrive at our campsite in the late afternoon. Acacia Camp overlooks the Meguarra hills and the stream that forms a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Masai Mara Nature Reserve excursion

Day 3

Masai Mara, Kenya

We leave shortly after the sun rises on our game drive into the Masai Mara Reserve. This reserve is famous for being one of East Africa’s best National Reserves and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species. It is renowned for the Annual Migration, consisting of impressive herds of over one million wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is most popular between the months of July and October when these impressive herds feast on the luscious, fresh grazing here. Africa’s predators are usually close behind these herbivores and are frequently seen at a kill during this time of year. We game drive some more through a section of the park, in search of the Big 5 as well as many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who call this wilderness home.

Following our game drive, we have the option to visit to one of the nearby Masai Manyattas – a village where the Masai still live in their traditional way. This evening we gather around an open campfire and marvel at the magnificent sunset.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Masai Mara

Day 4

Masai Mara to Eldoret, Kenya

Departing early from the Masai Mara, we make our way out of Masai Land passing through the scenic tea plantations of Kericho before descending the Rift Valley Plateau on our way to Eldoret.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda

Today we cross the border into Uganda where we spend the night in the capital city of Kampala. Uganda is a small country with stunning scenery. The landscapes of Uganda vary, from the luscious green regions around the northern shores of Lake Victoria to the snowy-capped Ruwenzori Mountains in the west as well as the desert-like area in the north. The unstable politics of Uganda has had a surprisingly positive effect on the country, leaving it free of the over commercialism so common in other areas of Africa. President Museveni’s administration has devoted a large amount of effort and funds in order to return Uganda to it’s former status as one of the continent’s most flourishing, and from a tourist’s perspective, one of the most attractive and intriguing countries to visit.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - 9

Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi (optional Gorilla Trekking), Uganda

We leave Kampala in the early hours of the morning and head west to our base at the serene Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest Crater Lake in Africa and is abundant with various exquisite birds. It is also the base from which the optional Gorilla trek takes place. Depending on where permits for trekking are available, we venture out into the Magahinga or Bwindi National Parks in Uganda, the Virunga National Park in the DRC, or the Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda.

Please Note:

The prices of trekking permits fluctuate and may change without prior notice. Currently the permits are priced from about US $600 (subject to change) plus US $105 for bank fees and both amounts are to be prepaid. There is a local transport fee of about US $200 per vehicle (with a minimum of 8 people) to be paid on the day of the trekking (this covers the return public transfer the Wildlife Authority’s booking fee). For trekking in the DRC or Rwanda (the trip leader will advise at the pre-departure meeting as to where the permits have been secured, and will assist with the online visa application for Rwanda en-route if needed), we will also have to purchase an additional visa to enter either country, as well as renewing our Ugandan visa upon re-entry. We also advise budgeting a little extra for tips for the local guides and rangers.

Trekking Procedures: The mountain gorilla (Gorilla Berengei), of which there are still only about 700 remaining, are one of our closest living relatives. A visit to these gentle giants in their natural environment is a unique and wonderful experience – one you’ll never forget. The park rangers monitor the gorillas on a daily basis and have a fairly good idea of where they are. However, they are free roaming animals, and their sighting cannot be guaranteed. As the gorillas share much of our DNA, anyone with even the slightest cold or transferable illness will not be permitted to trek. Trekking is also only open to people over 16 years old.

Due to the restrictions on the daily numbers of visitors to these incredible animals, we depart from our base in Bunyonyi in small groups over 3-4 days, depending on the group size. We wind our way through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Africa en-route to the National Park. Dependant on where permits are available, we may spend a night in either Kisoro or in Rwanda. The following morning, after packing our picnic lunch, we are transferred to a ranger’s station where the trek commences. Your rangers will lead you through the cultivated lands and then into the dense rain forest and on to a gorilla family. Trekking can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours (not including transfer time) and it can be quite strenuous, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. To ensure the gorillas do not get too used to the presence of humans and because they share many of our genes (and therefore able to catch our diseases), the maximum time permitted to spend with them is 1 hour. You will have plenty of time to watch their activity and to take photographs. The rangers will be able to provide you with a background to the family you are visiting. Once your hour is up, you trek back out of the rain forest to your meeting point where you will be transferred back to the Lake Bunyonyi campsite.

You needn’t feel like you’re exploiting these animals. The ever-growing number of tourists trekking them each day play a vital role in their survival. For years they have been ruthlessly hunted for their hands and heads, which have been sold as ashtrays and lampshades! In addition, large numbers have been killed whilst trying to stop poachers stealing the babies for sale to zoos, where they have never lived long. 100% of the gorilla permit cost is used to by the parks authorities to finance patrols that are instrumental in protecting the gorillas from poachers and their lethal snares and on promoting these wonderful animals.

Depending on where the trek takes place you may also pass through some of the local villages that have settled in this region due to the high number of refugees fleeing from the Rwandan Genocide, or from the continued unrest in the DRC. The villagers in this area are mostly subsistence farmers, and families that farm against the slopes of the volcanoes. It is impressive to see how they have ploughed, planted and harvest their crops in such an unlikely landscape. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Please note that the transfer fee is not included in the trekking price
Gorilla (Lake Bunyonyi)

Day 10

Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala, Uganda

After admiring the encounters we have experienced with the gorillas and delighting in the tranquility of the peaceful Lake Bunyonyi, we commence our travels back to Kampala. Crossing the Equator for the second time we stop for the ‘one foot in each hemisphere’ photographic opportunity. Tonight we camp in Kampala and have an opportunity to experience the city’s nightlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Kampala to Jinja, Uganda

Today we can choose to visit the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or head to Jinja for a variety of adventurous activities, including white water rafting at the source of the White Nile, quad biking or visiting a volunteer and community project. Spend the afternoon unwinding on the banks of the river or spotting the wide selection of beautiful water birds that frequent this area.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Jinja to Nakuru, Kenya

We leave early in the morning and make our way back to Kenya, stopping on the way to gather supplies and to enjoy a delicious lunch. We spend the night outside of Nakuru at a charming campsite situated on a local farm. Kenya’s fourth biggest town and the capital of the Rift Valley Province, Nakuru lies adjacent to the relatively small Lake Nakuru National Park that is surprisingly abundant in wildlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

In the morning, we explore the stunning Lake Nakuru National Park, renowned for the countless flamingos that are attracted to the edges of this soda lake. The actual numbers of these birds varies depending on the water level that, when low, almost transforms the lake into a haze of pink. The park was initially established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often spotted here. We spend the day searching for these pre-historic looking beasts as well as the elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, various antelope and the occasional hippo along the way. After our game drive, we head to our campsite, arriving in the late afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Game drives through Lake Nakuru National Park in the vehicle
Lake Nakuru to Nairobi

Day 14

Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Home to a wide variety of birdlife (the most spectacular being the African Fish Eagle with it’s majestic cry), Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes at 1800 metres. Our day is spent partaking in Optional Excursions such as an outing to Elsamere (former home to George and Joy Adamson of the Born Free Foundation), a boat trip to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or just a bicycle ride around Hell’s Gate National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Lake Naivasha

Day 15

Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Following a scrumptious breakfast, we make our way back to Nairobi, where we usually arrive in the early afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16

Nairobi to Arusha , Tanzania

We leave Nairobi, travelling south and crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga. We stay in a charming campsite tonight in Meserani, located on the outskirts of Arusha, before we make our way to our Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater adventure tomorrow.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 17

Arusha to Karatu, Tanzania

We start the day by visiting the Meserani Snake Park and Masai Cultural Museum. Alternatively, explore the lovely town of Arusha. Just a few minutes walk away from the campsite you will find a gallery selling paintings with a charming African feel to it. After a delicious lunch you are met by a local Tanzanian operator who leads the trips into the Parks in four wheel drive vehicles that have been modified for safari use. These vehicles allow for fantastic photo opportunities.

Departing from the campsite we make our way through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (‘Mosquito River’, situated next to the Lake Manyara National Park), and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the village of Karatu. Karatu boasts incredible views of the surrounding hills and has numerous wheat farms that only add to this magnificent scenery. Our evening is spent at a lovely campsite in Karatu (campsite has ablution facilities).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion

Day 18

Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti Excursion, Tanzania

This morning we leave early for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and make our way into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken, unflooded caldera in the world with open savannahs, acacia forests and both soda and fresh water lakes. This World Heritage Site has some of the best game viewing in the African continent, including the elusive Black Rhino.

Following our game drive, we travel down the Crater rim and past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ before reaching the Serengeti National Park. Game driving through the southern and central regions of the Park, we cross seemingly infinite landscapes of incredible natural beauty. We camp tonight in the bushveld (no ablution facilities) surrounded by the cool breezes and tranquil sounds of the African wilderness.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ngorongoro Crater

Day 19

Serengeti Excursion to Arusha, Tanzania

In the morning we experience another game drive and explore the plains in search of the resident wildlife. If we are lucky we may get to see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’. Following this, we return to the bountiful Crater rim and board our truck to return to Arusha where our night is spent swapping stories and laughter of our exhilarating experience with the wilderness.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20

Arusha to Pangani*, Tanzania

Before continuing onto Dar es Salaam, we stop in Arusha in the morning to replenish our supplies. We drive through the town of Moshi located at the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. Moshi acts as the starting point for all expeditions up Mount Kilimanjaro. Depending on weather conditions, we might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the mountain’s snow-capped summit that makes for an incredible photographic opportunity. We pass through vast sisal plantations by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges before arriving at our beautiful campsite situated between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Please Note: Some trips may choose to forego this stop/night and push on to the next stop (at their own cost).

Day 21

Pangani to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

We make our way to Dar es Salaam today, through picturesque landscapes and gorgeous palm trees, nearing the warm Indian Ocean. Our driving time today is extended due to the high amount of traffic that is city-bound, but the sights and sounds of the bustling Dar suburbs will keep you entertained. Keep a lookout for the shop-fronts boasting funny catch phrases. Upon our arrival in Dar es Salaam, we head out to our seaside campsite in order to prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22

Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

We are taken to the ‘Spice Island’ via a ferry that departs from Dar es Salaam where we spend the next three evenings. Zanzibar is rich in history and was one of the major starting points for the majority of East African explorers in their pursuit of new land. New passengers may join us here, replacing those who will be leaving us at the end of our Zanzibar expedition.

Please note: Meals are for your own account while in Zanzibar, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own, and in accordance with their own budget. The Trip Leader joins you and will arrange your activities, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants. There are also a wide variety of optional excursions on offer.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Included Activity: Spice Tour & Dhow Excursion, Zanzibar Excursion
Please Note: New legislation prohibits the taking of photographs during the Zanzibar ferry ride. Spot fines can be issued, if legislation is not obeyed.

Day 23 - 24

Zanzibar Island

Apart from it’s intriguing history, Zanzibar has plenty of enthralling experiences to offer visitors. The quiet streets of Stone Town has still retained it’s Arabic influence which can be seen from the shops and palaces of the Sultans who created their empires on the spoils of slave and ivory trade. Zanzibar is well-known for it’s tasty spices and a trip around one of the spice plantations always proves to be an extremely interesting experience. Other Optional Excursions include an outing to the incredible beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in Nungwe or even a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. You can hire a moped to get yourself around the island, perhaps to one of the brilliant seafood restaurants where you can indulge in a sumptuous and very reasonably-priced meal. Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s heaven, with only the freshest seafood being caught daily – crayfish being a rather well-liked specialty. If you prefer feel free to socialize with the interesting and friendly locals during dinner.

Meals are for your own account while in Zanzibar, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own.


Day 25

Zanzibar to Mikumi, Tanzania

We depart from Dar es Salaam in the morning and make our way south passing through the Mikumi National Park, where we may spot a variety of wildlife from the roadside, completely oblivious to the vehicles passing by

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 26

Mikumi to Iringa, Tanzania

We make our way toward Iringa, where our night is spent in a lovely campsite that is renowned for it’s delicious Amarula Hot Chocolate and steamy showers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27 - 29

Iringa to Lake Malawi, Malawi

We enter ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Malawi, via the Songwe border post and pass through some beautiful Tukuyu tea and banana plantations. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of it’s overall area made up of the beautiful Lake Malawi. We adventure across the length of the western side of the lake, making stops at numerous bays and inlets over the next three days.

Our days are spent learning the game of Bao from the locals, browsing the markets for bargains or relaxing on the unspoiled golden beaches. The pleasant climate of Malawi allows us to enjoy long swims in the clear, sparkling blue freshwater lake all year round. Feel free to explore the exquisite shore where you will be able to spot local fishermen reeling in their catches of the day. These locals still make use of traditional fishing techniques and, in order to appreciate their boating skills, you should head onto the still waters on a dugout canoe all on your own – it’s more difficult than it may seem! During the evening you will see the pretty ‘fairy lights’ of the fishermen still out on the lake in the distance. The numerous campsites along the shores of Lake Malawi provide many Optional Excursions, including a wide variety of water sports, horseback rides and even a stopover at the local village and school.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional activities Vary; however we do recommend that you do the village tour.
Please note: You can bring along with you pens, notepads, pencils and dry starch foods for the village tour. For more information please speak to your crew.
Lake Malawi

Day 30

Lake Malawi to Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Heading away from Lake Malawi, we make a stop in the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe – a relatively small city that is divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. We stock up on our provisions before we cross into Zambia where we overnight in the magnificent South Luangwa National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

South Luangwa National Park is located in the Eastern part of Zambia along the Luangwa River. Founded as a game reserve in 1938, South Luangwa was declared a National Park in 1972. A stunning setting, home to many wildlife including giraffe, buffalo and elephants. On the river you’ll be able to spot hippo and crocodiles.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Game drives through South Luangwa National Park

Day 32

Luangwa National Park to Lusaka, Zambia

Departing Luangwa National Park we make our way further south through the mining and farming regions of Zambia. On the way we pass through some of the villages and towns of Zambia. In the 60’s during the copper boom Zambia was able to build an infrastructure at the main mining and farming communities but after the fall of the copper industry the country was left virtually bankrupt and left to fall to ruin. Due to the rise in the mining industry and foreign investment, the town is gradually prospering once again.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33

Lusaka to Livingstone, Zambia

As we continue south on our way to Livingstone, we travel through the southern towns of Zambia, majority of which support the local agriculture and farming industries. Locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls is approximately 1700 metres wide and about 100 metres high, making it the world’s biggest sheet of falling water and an incredible sight to witness on your journey through Africa. We can view the mighty Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, which makes for an incredible photographic opportunity. In the evening, we have the option to delight in a gorgeous sunset dinner cruise on the majestic Zambezi.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset river boat cruise

Day 34

Livingstone to Chobe National Park, Botswana

Departing from Zambia, we cross the border into Botswana at the Kazangula Ferry. Once we have completed the formalities required by border patrol, we carry on toward the town of Kasane located on the Chobe River banks. The Chobe River creates a natural divide between Botswana and Namibia, with Zambia as it’s primary water source. We continue on for our  Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile adventure, an overnight excursion taking place in the wilderness of the Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s leading game parks, renowned for it’s massive elephant herds. Our afternoon is spent in search of wildlife while we game drive to our campsite situated within the park, where we will spend the night surrounded by the sounds of nocturnal wildlife. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled during our game drive for the scarce Sable and Roan Antelope with their magnificent horns. Following our evening in the bush, we head out early in the morning to carry on our search for wildlife before we depart from our campsite and head back to Kasane.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile Excursion

Day 35

Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

When we have returned to camp, we board our truck once again and make our way to Zimbabwe’s border. When we have completed border formalities, we continue a short distance to Victoria Falls. The town of Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite for today is conveniently located in the centre of town, within walking distance to the adventure booking agents, restaurants and stores. A short walk down the main road will lead you to the entry point where you can view the Falls located between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’) was named by the famous David Livingstone on his explorations in Africa, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Our afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite, watching the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls or simply adventuring around town and soaking up all that it has to offer.

Meals Included: Brunch

Day 36 - 37

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The next two days is spent relaxing or taking part in a variety of Optional Excursions. Several people in our group will be leaving us on this Victoria Falls section of the tour, to be replaced by new adventurers who will be joining us for the remainder of our trip.

Meals Included: Breakfast on both days
Optional Activities: Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge – neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the “floats,” where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
Victoria Falls

Day 38

Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today we make our way out of Victoria Falls to the border that allows us to cross over into Botswana. When we have completed the border formalities, we travel back to the town of Kasane located on the banks of the Chobe River.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 39

Chobe National Park to Kasane, Botswana

After a delicious breakfast, there is some time to relax. Feel free to partake in an optional boat cruise on the Chobe River, or you can simply spend your time unwinding at the swimming pool.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 40

Kasane to Maun, Botswana

Maun is the starting point for travel into the Okavango Delta and it is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare for our overnight excursion. We recommend bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip which can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your guide will brief you on what is needed and what to expect before your trip to the Delta.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 41

Maun to Okavango Delta, Botswana

You have the opportunity to partake in the overnight excursion into the Delta. Rising early, we travel from Maun for a few hours heading north towards the mokoro poler’s station.The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘Polers’ and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.

Upon arrival you meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction will be given showing you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Overnight Delta excursion

Okavango Delta

Day 42

Okavango Delta to Maun, Botswana

After our mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back in time to participate in an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 43

Maun to Ghanzi, Botswana

Travelling towards the small village of Ghanzi, this will be our last night in the beautiful Botswana. The village is home to the San / Bushman and you can learn more about them by participating in the optional Bushman experience offered by the campsite.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Bushman Experience

Day 44

Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia

Today we drive through small rural towns and scenic landscapes to Windhoek. It is a rather small capital but with many places of historical interest. The afternoon is free for you to do some exploring.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional: Dinner at Joe’s Beer house

Day 45

Windhoek to Etosha National Park, Namibia

Leaving Windhoek, we make our way to the Etosha National Park. Covering 22 700 km squared, Etosha is Namibia’s most famous wilderness and wildlife reserve. After lunch, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s northern area. After dinner, feel free to sit at the waterhole observing the wildlife that may come have a drink in the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Night game drives with Etosha National Park

Day 46

Etosha National Park Area, Namibia

We make our way across the park, keeping a close lookout for the various mammals, reptiles, birds and insects indigenous to this area. As the vegetation types change, so does the animal and bird life that depend on it. Therefore, you will be able to witness a massive selection of different game as you cross to the different areas of the Park. Following our full day of game viewing, we leave the Park though the Anderson gate and make our way back to our campsite, a mere 10 kilometres away. Here we have the chance to indulge in a quick dip in the pool before dinner followed by a peaceful evening at the bar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Game drives through Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

Day 47 - 48

Etosha National Park Area, Namibia

Today our game drive takes us further south through the Namibian countryside to our campsite which is located in the vicinity of the Etosha National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Game Drive in Truck
Optional Activity: Night drive

Day 49

Brandberg to Swakopmund, Namibia

Today we make our way to Swakopmund, via Spitzkoppe (day trip). The colonial influence of the Germans who founded Swakopmund in 1982 is still visible today. With a wide selection of charming coffee shops, restaurants and bars, and various arts and crafts stores selling Namibian curios, Swakopmund is a lovely place to visit and explore. The city boasts wonderful beaches and a great museum, aquarium and several galleries. The golden beaches and seaside promenade make for a tranquil and refreshing walk, although the ocean waters might be a bit too cold to swim in.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Included Activity: Brief stop at Spitzkoppe

Day 50

Swakopmund, Namibia

We devote this day to relaxation or feel free to partake in a variety of Optional Excursions.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund.


Day 51 - 52

Swakopmund to Sesriem, Namibia

Departing from Swakopmund, we make our way south to the industrial Walvis Bay before heading inland toward the desert. We enter the Namib-Naukluft Park , one of the oldest deserts in the world. Basing ourselves at Sesriem, we are given the opportunity to truly enjoy the Namib and our beautiful surrounds. A brief distance away is Sossusvlei – a salt and clay pan enclosed by an undulating ocean of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Exquisite desert views can be seen from the tops of these incredible dunes. Our afternoon is spent exploring this incredible region.  Be sure to take a look at the stars tonight, because this desert sky gives a special performance that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Visit to Dune 45, Visit to Sossusvlei
Namib Desert

Day 53

Sesriem to Fish River Canyon, South Africa

Waking early, we leave to watch the sunrise over this stunning area and we depart the tranquillity of the dunes in order to make our way south to the Fish River Canyon. This is the world’s second biggest canyon at approximately 161 kilometres long, 27 kilometres wide and around 550 metres deep. The outer part of the canyon was created by tectonic shifts while the inner portion was formed by erosion. There is a driving route that follows the eastern rim, allowing us entry to numerous view points where we can take in spectacular views and breathtaking sunsets.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Visit to Fish River Canyon

Day 54

Fish River Canyon to Gariep River, South Africa

We continue south this morning and, following a brief drive, we arrive at the Gariep River which forms a natural divide between Namibia and South Africa. We camp at a gorgeous campsite situated on the riverbanks on the South African bank of the river. In the evening there’s a chance for some fun at the fantastic camp bar that overlooking the river.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Fish River Canyon

Day 55

Orange River to Cederberg, South Africa

An early morning start sees us travel south through Richtersveld and the mining town of Springbok, before arriving in the area known as Namaqualand renowned for it’s abundance of Namaqua wildflowers that bloom every spring. We spend our night is spent in a beautifully scenic campsite surrounded by local wine farms. Tonight is our last night beneath the star-speckled African sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 56

Cederberg to Cape Town, South Africa

Leaving the beautiful Cederberg region, we travel south toward the cosmopolitan Mother City of Cape Town. We journey through the abundant fruit growing areas of Citrusdal before we cross the Piekenierskloof Pass to the Cape’s wine growing areas. Our first sighting of the Mother’s City Table Mountain across Table Bay means we have reached our final destination. We spend tonight in dormitories located in one of the beautiful city’s most loved hostels.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 57

Cape Town, South Africa

Today is spent exchanging contact details following which we part ways with the people who have experienced a life-changing journey with us.

Meals: None

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

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.

Pre-departure meeting

  • Attendance is very important because vital information is shared and you will feel more at ease once you know what to expect.
  • Pre departures meetings can last up to an hour.
  • The meeting is also a great ice breaker.

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 Hepatitis 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, Hepatitis , Meningitis, Polio, Hepatitis 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:
    – Cover your skin with long shirts, pants and socks as most mosquito bites occur below the knee.
    – Make sure your mosquito net is tightly closed and doesn’t have any holes in it.
    – Use an effective prophylactic and speak to your doctor about options for anti-malarial tablets
    – Always cover yourself with mosquito repellent, especially at sunset.
    – 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)



+ Optional Gorilla Trekking From USD 825

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced USD 8490. Currency fluctuations may occur

Includes arrival airport transfer

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

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