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The accommodation on safaris vary greatly from basic 2 man tents through to tented camps and luxury lodges with en suite bathrooms (caters for all types of travellers).

Animals – wild and free and amazing. That is why people give up their hot showers and en suite bathrooms – for the animals and everything natural. If you have never had to dig a hole for your ablutions before, you have not lived! It’s true – it is the simple things that take you back to feeling truly human and in touch with nature. We surround ourselves with technology, fast cars, fast food, fast internet and touch-free sensor toilets. When you come on a budget safari, you have to walk backwards a bit to get the feel of how slow things are around here!

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Why go on a Budget Safari?

  • Slow down and get in touch with the earth
  • Experience wildlife in their natural environment
  • View and engage with local cultures
  • Take part in outdoor activities

Types of Budget Safaris?

As mentioned above, the term safari is a type of experience. Over time, specialist forms of safaris have developed to cater for a variety of needs and budgets (such as migratory safaris, birding, medical safaris, hiking, culinary, family, horse back, photographic, etc). The simplest being a camp or lodge safari of a couple of days, to longer overland trips that traverse over numerous countries.

Camping Overland Safaris

A camping overland safari is the most basic of the safari experience and for travellers who want a hands-on experience of Mother Nature. Setting up your campsite and helping build a campfire whilst surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and scenery. 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. Most camping safaris include a sleeping mat and you only need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel. The African campsites are basic and comfortable. Most have warm showers and flushing ablutions, while others may have natural ablutions. The trips range in length from 3 days to 56 days and not every day is spent viewing game (as their are driving/ transit days in between).

Camping Overland Tours

Accommodated / Comfort Overland Safaris

Accommodated safaris are designed 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. 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. The trips range in length from 3 days to 56 days and not every day is spent viewing game (as their are driving/ transit days in between).

Accommodated Overland Tours

Budget Lodge Safaris

Budget Lodge safaris allow travellers to access wildlife over a shorter period of time. The Lodges are located close to the wildlife and allow you more comfort. Most lodges can be accessed by air (fly in Safaris) or by land transfers thus allowing you to maximize your time and experience. The quality of lodges vary for budgets and level of comfort. The purpose of this style of travel is to experience animals in nature.

Lodge Safaris

Mobile Tented Safaris

These mobile tented safaris were designed to allow for less impact on the environment where tents are set up in previously disturbed areas and then dismantled to ensure only footprints are left behind. Guides will drive the support vehicles ahead of the travellers and set up the camp by erecting the tents, en-suites/ ablution tents and dining/kitchen area. By the time you arrive all you have to do is unpack, sit back relax and wait for dinner to be served. You will sleep on stretcher beds where a sleeping bag and a pillow are provided. Bucket showers are provided with heated water.

There are a few permanent tented camps which are erected seasonally in wildlife-dense areas for the best game viewing experience. Once the season is over these tents are dismantled and moved to another area for optimum game viewing.

What is a typical day on budget Lodge safari or Tented Camp Safari?

You will have early mornings so that you can enjoy a cup of coffee/tea and a light breakfast such as rusks or fruit before heading out on a game drive. The mornings can be crisp and cold, but refreshing with the reward of watching nature awaken. The morning game drives are usually between two and a half to three hours which will give you plenty of time to explore the area before returning to the campsite for lunch or enjoying a picnic lunch in the bush. Another game drive may be planned or an afternoon activity such as canoeing, birdwatching or an optional activity such as white water rafting depending on the area you are in.

Dinner will be prepared for you and you can sit back, relax and chat to your fellow companions over sundowners while a crackling fire is prepared to keep the chill off. An early night is usually encouraged so that you wake up refreshed and ready for a another adventurous safari.

Journeys Tented and Lodge Safaris

When to go on a safari?

The Winter months (June to October) offers the best game viewing throughout East and Southern Africa. It is also ideal for a beach vacation on the East coast of Africa with moderate daily temperatures – perfect to soak up the sun. On a game viewing front, it is when herds of game graze freely on the drier golden stretches of savannah during the day, whilst watering holes and riverbeds call for a ‘happy hour’ at sunset to quench their thirst. It is also the opportune time to see and experience the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara Game Reserve – it is known as one of Africa’s greatest phenomena.

Summer (November to March) is known as the green season when the bush transforms into lush green long vegetation, set against the dramatic backdrop of dark thunderstorm clouds. It is the ideal playing field for energetic young grazers, with intensified predator action. It is the most popular season for birding enthusiasts with big flocks of migratory birds returning south.

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    58 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Epic Adventure

    Countries Visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
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    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
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    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACM0447
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    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM0447
    Tour Style Camping Top Seller

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    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0914
    Tour Style Camping Top Seller

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    5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more

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    Countries Visited Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
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    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAM2516
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    Why Booking this trip?

    This Cape Town to Kenya and Gorillas Adventure provides a broad insight into Southern and Eastern Africa’s grandest attractions. We leave from Cape Town and head off to Mt Kilimanjaro, explore the gigantic sand dunes in ancient deserts and relax on golden beaches on the tropical island of Zanzibar. The mighty Victoria Falls is next on the list before journeying to the Chobe River, viewing the majestic Ngorongoro Crater and the infinite Serengeti plains.

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

    Price from R60,480 R51,408



  • 56 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Adventure (incl Gorillas)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM0915
    Tour Style Camping Top Seller

    Beginning in Nairobi, Kenya, this ultimate African Trip Adventure Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Adventure takes us south through Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before coming to an end in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room

    5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more

    10% discount for ISIC cardholders

    Price from R45,255 R40,700

    + Local Payment USD 1390

  • 55 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Tour (Comfort)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACM04462
    Tour Style Accommodated

    This is the best and longest Accommodated 55 Day Cape Town to Nairobi (Comfort) Overland Adventure . A perfect trip if you have the time to experience 9 African countries in 55 days but would prefer the comfort of a bed at night.

     

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  • 55 Days Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Adventure

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0446
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    Price from R50,450



  • 52 Day Cape Town to Nairobi and Gorillas Overland Safari (Inclusive)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
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    Group Size 18 - 22
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAM2601
    Tour Style Camping

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    This Cape Town to Nairobi and Gorillas Overland Adventure takes you from the Southern tip of Africa through the highlights of East Africa, all the way to Uganda to see the gorillas. It is full of diverse cultures, wildlife and amazing landscapes. You will get to explore the Okavango Delta in mokoros (dugout canoes), track gorillas in Uganda and camp in the wild. There are also loads of exciting adventure activities to choose from and fill your days with. Come and explore with us today!

    • The overland truck has been re-designed for 21st century safari travel
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    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
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    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 16
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2515
    Tour Style Camping

    Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland southbound travels first up to Uganda to see the gorillas before heading south to South Africa and Johannesburg.

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    Price from R53,280 R45,288



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    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
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