Overview

In Botswana we take in the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta from a peaceful position in a mokoro (dugout canoe) before leaving for the Chobe National Park where we will watch elephants and other animals play on the banks of the river from the comfort of our sunset boat cruise. We visit the adventure capital of Victoria Falls before heading to the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, the shores of Lake Malawi and the paradisiacal beaches of Zanzibar Island. We end our tour with a two night camping excursion to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Featured Highlights

Not all highlights are included in the tour price and form part of the Activity Package. Ideally we would include all activities, but not everyone can afford this. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Johannesburg

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  Airport Transfer Available Belvedere Estate

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Itinerary

Our tours come with an Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Day 01

Botswana - Palapye

We depart Johannesburg heading north to Botswana to cross the border and spend our first night in Palapye, located on the banks of the Lotsane River.

Distance
±565km
Route
Johannesburg to Palapye
Places
Palapye
Day 02

Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Maun

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino. This morning we go on a guided game drive through the Sanctuary before departing for Maun. Upon arrival in Maun, we will prepare for the Okavango Delta.

Distance
±620km
Route
Palapye to Maun
Optional Activities
Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting)
Activity Package
Khama Rhino Sanctuary Game Drive
Day 03

Okavango Delta

During your time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We travel into the Delta on a large 4×4 vehicle – in high water season boats are used. We join up with some of the local people and set up our bush camp for the next 2 nights. We go on nature walks and explore the Delta by mokoro traditional canoe (water level dependant). The Delta is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience as the wild animals here are not used to people. Simply sitting and relaxing often results in rewarding bird or game viewing.
Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Maun for the following 2 days.

Route
Maun to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
3 Day Delta Drive In (camping)
Day 03

Okavango Delta

In the morning we board our planes and head into the Delta. After a wonderful scenic flight we arrive at our base for the next two days. During your time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and explore the Delta by mokoro traditional canoe (water level dependant). The Delta is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience as the wild animals here are not used to people. Simply sitting and relaxing often results in rewarding bird or game viewing.
Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun for the following 2 days.

Distance
±30 min flightkm
Route
Maun to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
3 Day Delta Fly In (Accommodated)
Day 04

Okavango Delta

Today we spend our time in the Okavango Delta, exploring the waterways by traditional mokoro (traditional canoe) and also explore the Delta on foot with our nature walk.

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 04

Okavango Delta

Today we will continue exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro (traditional canoe) and a enjoy a nature walk.

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers
Day 05

Nata

We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. The shady tree canopy surrounding the lodge is a hive of activity, with a bird feeding area and active water feature providing the bird watcher with the opportunity of viewing a variety of species from the comfort of the pool deck. The Helmeted Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow Hornbill, Pied and Arrowmarked Babblers, Glossy Starling, Meyers Parrot and Paradise Whydah are just some of the species you may encounter during your stay at the lodge.

Distance
±230km
Route
Maun to Nata
Places
Nata
Day 05

Nata

We leave the Delta behind us and travel east towards the town of Nata, near the Makgadikgadi Pans. The shady tree canopy surrounding the lodge is a hive of activity, with a bird feeding area and active water feature providing the bird watcher with the opportunity of viewing a variety of species from the comfort of the pool deck. The Helmeted Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, Yellow Hornbill, Pied and Arrowmarked Babblers, Glossy Starling, Meyers Parrot and Paradise Whydah are just some of the species you may encounter during your stay at the lodge.

Distance
±230km
Route
Maun to Nata
Places
Nata
Optional Activities
Scenic Flight over Okavango Delta (7 seat plane – time permitting)
Day 06

Kasane - Chobe National Park

Today we head north to Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River. The afternoon is spent game viewing on a river cruise, into the renowned Chobe NP. This is an excellent opportunity to view some of Africa’s spectacular wildlife.

Distance
±450km
Route
Nata to Kasane
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 07

Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls

On arrival in Victoria Falls we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities before we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering of the mighty Zambezi as it drops over 100m into the gorge below.

Distance
±100km
Route
Kasane to Victoria Falls
Optional Activities
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Dinner out
Activity Package
Vic Falls National Park Entry
Day 08

Victoria Falls

Today is free for you to relax and explor the magnificent town of Victoria Falls.  Take the time to visit the markets to buy some curios or you can participate in one of the many optional activities available here.

Day 09

Lusaka

Leaving behind the natural wonder of Victoria Falls we begin our expedition. After Livingstone we journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka. You will notice the vegetation becoming sub-tropical and the roads a little rougher.

Distance
±485km
Route
Victoria Falls to Lusaka
Places
Day 10

Chipata

Today is a long drive through lush country, crossing rivers en-route to Chipata, the gateway to the South Luangwa NP. Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more Western ways of Southern Africa.

Distance
±590km
Route
Lusaka to Chipata
Places
Chipata
Day 11

South Luangwa National Park

Early in the morning we drive from Chipata to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.

Distance
±130km
Route
Chipata to South Luangwa National Park
Activity Package
Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Day 12

South Luangwa National Park

In the morning you have the opportunity to take an optional game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village.

Activity Package
Village and Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
Optional Activities
Safari Walk in South Luangwa National Park
Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Day 13

Lilongwe

Today we depart the South Luangwa National Park and head towards the bustling city of Lilongwe. En route, we will stop at a local market to experience the culture and way of live of the Malawian people.

Distance
±280km
Route
South Luangwa National Park to Lilongwe
Included Activities
Lilongwe Local Market Visit
Day 14

Kande Beach

This morning we have the opportunity to participate in a 2 hour city tour, before we take a scenic drive to Kande beach. We will spend the next 2 days enjoying the many optional activities available, such as horse riding and different water sports. We will go on a guided village walk in order to meet the local people and learn more about Malawian life.

Distance
±465km
Route
Lilongwe to Kande Beach
Optional Activities
Snorkelling
Canoe Rental
One Day Scuba Diving for padi open water course
Scuba Diving
Activity Package
Village Walk Tour
Day 15

Kande Beach

Today is free to relax or participate in one of the many optional activities available.

Optional Activities
Diner at local restaurant – Kande Beach
Day 16

Lake Malawi - Chitimba

We travel further north and spend our last day in Malawi at Chitimba Beach. Set on a golden sandy beach amongst banana palms and papaya trees, our accommodation for the night is surrounded by the famous Livingstonia and Nyika mountains.

Distance
±170km
Route
Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach
Day 17

Tanzania – Iringa – 2014

Today we leave Malawi and enter Tanzania. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp outside Iringa. This evening our dinner is a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant.

Distance
±560km
Route
Chitimba Beach to Iringa
Included Activities
Dinner in a local Masai Restaurant
Day 18

Mikumi – 2014

We leave Iringa today and head north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Here we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park.

Distance
±220km
Route
kisolanza to Mikumi
Optional Activities
Mikumi National Park Game Drive (min 6 clients)
Day 19

Dar es Salaam

Our journey today brings us out of the cool highland region to the humid Indian Ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but inland Dodoma remains the official capital city.

Distance
±310km
Route
Mikumi to Dar es Salaam
Day 20

Zanzibar Excursion

A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Zanzibar. We take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend our time relaxing on the beach.

Route
Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry; Stone Town to Nungwi Beach: ± 60-70 km
Activity Package
Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per day)
Swimming with Dolphins – Full Day (min. 2 people)
Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Motorbike Hire
Day 21

Zanzibar Excursion

Enjoy your time on Zanzibar by relaxing at the beach or exploring, snorkeling, scuba diving or taking a sunset boat cruise through the waters.  Today is for relaxing.

Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per day)
Day 22

Zanzibar Excursion

On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night. Here we have time to explore the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored.

Distance
±60-70km
Route
Nungwi Beach to Stone Town
Optional Activities
Zanzibar Meals (per day)
Walking City Tour – Half Day (min. 2 people)
Spice Tour – Half Day (min. 2 people)
Day 23

Lushoto

Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck. We continue on to Lushoto, the major town and district centre, albeit small, in the Usambara Mountains, halfway between the coast and the parks. The popular pot plant Saintpaulia has its only wild occurrences in Tanzania, and particularly in the Usambara Mountains.

Distance
±365km
Route
Zanzibar to Lushoto
Day 24

Arusha

The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park. The following day we will prepare for our journey into the Serengeti.

Distance
±565km
Route
Lushoto to Arusha
Day 25

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

The following days are set aside for the 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. On the first day from Arusha to Ngorongoro, there will be time for visiting the Oldupai gorge and museum. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive.

What you should take along:
• Daypack with one change of clothes • Binoculars, cameras & film • Some warm clothes, as it is always cold on the rim of the crater • Lots of insect repellent • A few dollars (small notes) for tips, curios etc • Snacks, cold drinks, cigarettes etc. for the excursion • Sleeping bag

Distance
±320km
Route
Arusha to Serengeti National Park
Optional Activities
Tips for Guides
Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people)
Ballooning over Serengeti National Park
Day 26

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is depending on the movement of the game and sightings.

Day 27

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

Today we explore more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible.

Day 28

Arusha

Today the group meets up again and we have the chance to exchange stories of the various adventures that we participated in over the past few days. In the afternoon we visit the local Masai Mara Museum.

Distance
±320km
Route
Serengeti National Park to Arusha
Places
Arusha
Activity Package
Masai Mara Museum
Day 29

Kenya – Nairobi

After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi and the end of our journey. Usually we end the tour with a group meal out at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants.

Distance
±270km
Route
Arusha to Nairobi
Places
Optional Activities
Dinner Out

Activity Package

Below are all highlights that are part of the Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be 'essential activities' on our tours. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed under the itinerary of the tour and in our pre departure information document.

  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary Game Drive
  • 3 Day Delta Drive In (camping)
  • 3 Day Delta Fly In (Accommodated)
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Vic Falls National Park Entry
  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Village and Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
  • Village Walk Tour
  • Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
  • Masai Mara Museum

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