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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 Adventure (Under 39’s)

    Countries Visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2516
    Tour Style Camping

    Why book this tour?

    This Nairobi to Cape Town Overland camping expedition taking in highlights from each country including seeing gorillas in the wild. This is an adventure camping tour and an opportunity not to be missed!

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

    Price from R62,880



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    58 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Overland (Comfort)

    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
    Tour Style Top Seller Accommodated

    Why book this tour?

    This one of the best budget friendly accommodated tours that allows you to enjoy the “adventure” of a camping tour, but includes staying in accommodation ranging from 2-3 star properties such as lodges, guest houses and chalet accommodation. This tour travels through 9 African countries, allowing you to see the Masai Mara, Murchison falls and Silver Back gorillas in Uganda, the Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Namibian Desert before ending your tour in Cape Town to name just a few highlights… Call us today for your new adventure!

    Price from R93,430 R88,330



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    58 Days Nairobi to Cape Town Camping Tour

    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 CAM0447
    Tour Style Camping Top Seller

    Why book this tour?

    This one of the best budget friendly, fully participatory camping tours that travel through 9 African countries, allowing you to see the Namibian Desert, the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, the Serengeti National Park, the Masai Mara, Murchison falls and Silver Back gorillas in Uganda to name just a few highlights. And the best part is you only travel with up to 20 travellers in a vehicle!

    Price from R68,230 R64,330



  • 56 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Camping

    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

    Why book this tour?

    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.

    Includes 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 R46,700 R42,030

    + Local Payment USD 2190

  • 56 Day Cape Town to Kenya Epic Adventure Overland (Under 39’s)

    Countries Visited Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAM2516
    Tour Style Camping

    Why Book 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.

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

    Price from R60,480



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

    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

    Why book this tour?

    Beginning in Cape Town, this trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before finally ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Cape Town in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned.

    Includes 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 R46,700 R42,030

    + Local Payment USD 2190

  • 55 Day Cape Town to Kenya Tour (Comfort) – Popular

    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

    Why book this trip?

    This one of the best budget friendly accommodated tours that allows you to enjoy the “adventure” of a camping tour, but includes staying in accommodation ranging from 2-3 star properties such as lodges, guest houses and chalet accommodation. This tour travels through 9 African countries, allowing you to see the Namibian Desert, the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, the Serengeti National Park, The Masai Mara, Murchison falls and Silver Back gorillas in Uganda to name just a few highlights. …

    Price from R87,340



  • ON SPECIAL

    55 Days Cape Town to Nairobi Overland (Camping)

    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
    Tour Style Camping Top Seller

    Why book this trip?

    An epic 55 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland camping adventure and the most popular route. You will be spoilt for choice with wildlife, beaches and cultures. The group size is limited to only 20 travellers of all ages and nationalities. It is extremely well priced and includes lots of highlights along the way.

    Beginning in Cape Town, this Cape to Nairobi Overland trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before finally ending in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Price from R62,140



  • 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
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size 18 - 22
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAM2601
    Tour Style Camping

    Why book this trip?

    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
    • Steel enforced body to withstand the impact of rough terrain
    • Large front window and no divider between guides and travellers
    • Adjustable spacious seats that recline for comfortable travel
    • USB ports at every seat
    • Drinking water on tap

    Price from R98,039



  • 47 Days Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Tour (Camping)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM04691
    Tour Style Camping

    Why book this trip?

    This is a very popular fully participatory camping tour that travels through 8 African countries, allowing you to see some of the best highlights that each country has to offer. Here are some of the highlights: Masai Mara, Silver Back gorillas in Uganda, the Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta. We look forward to your call!

    Price from R60,130



  • 46 Day Nairobi to Johannesburg and Gorillas Overland (Under 39’s)

    Countries Visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 16
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2515
    Tour Style Camping

    Why book this tour?

    View the majestic Ngorongoro Crater; Mt Kilimanjaro; bronzed beaches on the exotic island of Zanzibar; picturesque Lake Malawi and the powerful Victoria Falls. We end off by visiting two incredible game parks – the Chobe National Park and the Kruger National Park.

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

    Price from R53,280



  • 46 Day Nairobi to Johannesburg Overland Trek

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 26-30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0926
    Tour Style Camping

    Why book this tour?

    The tour allows you to see the famous mountain gorillas, wildlife in the famous game parks such as the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kruger, and lazy days on the beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi.

    An 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 R41,000 R36,900

    + Local Payment USD 2330

  • 46 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Trek

    Countries Visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0918
    Tour Style Camping

    Why book this tour?

    On this comprehensive trip through eight countries, you will see a variety of landscapes from vast tracts of animals, tranquil lakes and rivers, misty rain forests and dazzling beaches. There is a wealth of game parks to explore on the hunt for the ‘Big Five’. There’s the magnificent Victoria Falls, and the opportunity to stare into the soft brown eyes of a gorilla is an experience not to be forgotten.

    From south to north, this offers the best attractions in East and Southern Africa.

    Includes 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 R41,000 R36,900

    + Local Payment USD 2330

  • 44 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Tour (Comfort)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACE04612
    Tour Style Accommodated

    Why book this trip?

    The Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Accommmodated Adventure is an amazing participatory camping tour that allows you to travel with 20 like-minded individuals through Southern Africa, where you can expect comfortable camping facilities. With the best part of the tour is that it starts and ends in Cape Town and combines the best of the beach and the bush. So if you want to see animals in Nambia, Botswana, Victoria Falls and The Kruger National Park and still have the opportunity to dive in some of the best coral reefs in Africa – this is the perfect tour for you!

    Price from R68,840



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    43 Day Kenya to Cape Town Overland Adventure (Under 39’s)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2512
    Tour Style Camping

    Why book this tour?

    This Kenya to Cape Town Adventure offers you fantastic insights into some of East Africa and Southern Africa’s greatest attractions and cultures. We visit the Masai Mara, the flat plains of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro before relaxing on the sun-kissed beaches on the exotic island of Zanzibar. Prepare to get a bit wet when viewing the mighty Victoria Falls, enjoy a boat cruise down the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta before ending your tour in the beautiful city of Cape Town.

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

    Price from R45,840 R36,672



  • 44 Day Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Tour (Camping)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM0461
    Tour Style Camping

    Why book this tour?

    The Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland camping Adventure leaves from South Africa and enters Uganda. Look forward to witnessing the great beauty of Victoria Falls, sunset game drives, an excursion onto the Okavango Delta and the greatest highlights – sightings of chimpanzees and gorillas. Your’e going to love it!

    Price from R54,040



  • 42 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tour (Camping)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania,Kenya
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0909
    Tour Style Camping Top Seller

    Why book this tour?

    This 42 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Budget Tour begins in Cape Town, this trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania before ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Cape Town in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned.

    Includes an 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 R32,300 R29,070

    + Local Payment USD 1700

  • ON SPECIAL

    42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland Comfort

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACM0464
    Tour Style Accommodated

    Why book this tour?

    This is a unique action-packed circular route accommodated adventure tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and then back down along South Africa’s coastline ending back in Cape Town.

    Experience them all by a range of exhilarating adventure activities that will pump you full of African adrenaline. Come and experience the most popular overland route (Cape To Vic Falls) and then add on the South Africa route with all its highlights (Kruger, the Coastline, and amazing wildlife).

    Price from R66,370



  • ON SPECIAL

    42 Day Cape To Cape Southern Explorer Overland

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS0463
    Tour Style Camping

    Why book this tour?

    This is an action-packed route to travel on. It travels from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and then back down along South Africa’s coastline ending back in Cape Town.

    Experience them all by a range of exhilarating adventure activities that will pump you full of African adrenaline. Come and experience the most popular overland route (Cape To Vic Falls) and then add on the South Africa route with all its highlights (Kruger, the Coastline, and amazing wildlife).

    Price from R45,770 R43,795



  • 42 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Epic Route

    Countries Visited Kenya, 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
    SKU CAM0906
    Tour Style Camping Top Seller

    Why book this tour?

    This Budget 42 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Overland begins in Nairobi, Kenya, this tour takes us south through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before coming to an end in Cape Town, South Africa. We depart from Nairobi in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Nairobi, an earlier arrival should be planned and accommodation booked through your consultant.

    An 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 R32,300 R29,070

    + Local Payment USD 1700

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