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.

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Itinerary

Our tours come with an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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Day 01

Botswana - Tuli Block

We depart Johannesburg and head north, crossing the border into Botswana. Our accommodation tonight is situated in the area known as the Tuli Block, which is a narrow piece of land between Botswana and Zimbabwe and is renowned for its geographical features. Upon arrival at our overnight stop, we will enjoy a game drive through the reserve, which is home to many species of animals including giraffe, hippo, hyena, zebra and gemsbok.

Distance
±450km
Route
Johannesburg to Tuli Block
Activity Package
Afternoon Game Drive
Places
Tuli Block
Day 02

Maun

Today we rise early and depart for Maun where we will spend the night. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this afternoon we will prepare for the Okavango Delta excursion. Your guides will provide you with a briefing about the next days’ activities.

Distance
±700km
Route
Tuli Block to Maun
Optional Activities
2Hr Horseriding incl Transfer (min 2 pax)
Scenic Flight up to 4pax Depending on Plane Size
Places
Day 03

Okavango Delta

Today we journey north to Etsha to meet our boat which will transport us across to Seronga via the winding channels of the Delta. A vehicle transfer sees us arrive at our base for the next two nights. After arrival, we settle in and prepare for our afternoon mokoro trip that ends with sundowners overlooking the waterways of the Delta. The evening is spent around the campfire. Note: Activities may vary depending on water levels. Please note that if you have not purchased the Activity Package, you will remain at the camp, situated on the banks of a beautiful lagoon, near Etsha 13, for the following two nights.

Route
Maun to Okavango Delta
Activity Package
Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
Day 03

Okavango Delta

After breakfast we board our plane, flying over the winding channels of the Delta. A game drive to camp sees us arrive at our home for the next two nights. Upon arrival we settle in and prepare for our afternoon sunset game drive. Tonight we spend the evening around the campfire accompanied by the many sounds of the bush. Luggage Restriction: 10kg luggage per person, no bottled water allowed on flight. The airline requires the individual weight of all guests and their luggage prior to check-in as they have recently implemented new safety regulations. Please take no offense to this as it is done for guests safety.

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

Okavango Delta

An early start sees us head off on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango. Water lily beds and palm islands make for the most scenic of experiences. We make our way to one of the larger islands for our nature walk, where we have the possibility of seeing some of the abundant wildlife. We return to camp to relax before heading out on our afternoon sunset activity.

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person
Day 04

Okavango Delta

An early start sees us head off on the crystal clear waters of the Okavango. Water lily beds and palm islands make for the most scenic of experiences. We stop at an island for a nature walk where we have the possibility of seeing wildlife. After Breakfast we return to camp to relax before heading out for our sunset activity.

Optional Activities
Tips for Polers – Per Day Per Person
Day 05

Okavango Delta - Caprivi Region

Today we bid farewell to the Delta and head north. After being re-united with our truck, we enter Namibia. Our overnight is located on the banks of the Okavango River in the Caprivi Strip of north-eastern Namibia.

Distance
±160km
Route
Okavango Delta to Rainbow River Lodge
Places
Caprivi Strip
Day 06

Kasane

This morning we travel through the Caprivi Strip and onto Kasane, in afternoon we will enjoy a sunset boat cruise.

Distance
±435km
Route
Rainbow River Lodge to Kasane
Activity Package
Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
Day 07

Botswana - Kasane - Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls

We will rise early to enjoy a game drive through the park, in search of vast herd of elephants and a multitude of antelope including the rare sable. After our game drive, we will pack our bags and head to Victoria Falls. Kindly note that we may visit the Falls the following morning due to time constraints

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

Victoria Falls

Most people will spend the day White Water Rafting, a not-to-be-missed experience of a lifetime! Vic Falls offers many exciting activities and today you will have the day free to participate in the activities on offer.

Optional Activities
Zambezi Sunset Cruise incl Transfers
Bungee Jump
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Helicopter Flights 12-13 min (3pax min)
Full Day White Water Rafting (High water/low water)
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
±480km
Route
Victoria Falls to Lusaka
Places
Day 10

Petauke

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

Distance
±410km
Route
Lusaka to Petauke
Day 11

South Luangwa National Park

Early in the morning we drive from Petauke to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we will spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. Before our arrival at the South Luangwa NP, we will stop at the community run tribal textile project. The Tribal textile production factory is closed annually from December to March, when we will not be able to view the fabric production, however the textile shop is open all year round. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP (the game drive may take place the following day due to time constraints).

Distance
±170km
Route
Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
Included Activities
Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
Activity Package
South Luangwa NP Sunset Game Drive
Day 12

South Luangwa National Park

In the morning you will have the opportunity to take an optional game drive through the South Luangwa National Park, which is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar.

Optional Activities
Safari Walk outside South Luangwa National Park (4 hours)
Morning Game Drive (Including Park Fees)
Day 13

Lake Malawi - Malawi

Today we depart the South Luangwa NP and head towards Lake Malawi. Ngala Beach lies on the shore of Lake Malawi and is a town of considerable historical note. Our accommodation for the night is situated on the edge of Lake Malawi and if time permits, grab the snorkels and discover some of the interesting creatures residing in the lake.

Distance
±560km
Route
South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi
Day 14

Northern Lake Malawi

It’s a short drive to our next destination, situated in the northern region of Lake Malawi. As we will be spending the next 3 nights here, you will have sufficient time to explore the area. Lake Malawi is regarded as one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world, tropical fish (the colourful kind) swim past in schools of brilliant blues, yellows and purples. It may also be possible to book an excursion to the Livingstonia Mission (full day hike).

Distance
±375km
Route
Ngala Beach to Northern Lake Malawi
Optional Activities
Livingstonia Day Trip (Hike)
Snorkelling
Day 15

Lake Malawi

As you have the entire day, make use of your time here enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Malawi or laze around the pool at our accommodation.

Day 16

Lake Malawi

Today is our final day at Lake Malawi, so make the most of the day and enjoy snorkeling or swimming.

Day 17

Tanzania - Iringa

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.

Distance
±465kmkm
Route
Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa
Included Activities
Traditional Dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 18

Mikumi

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
±200km
Route
Iringa to Mikumi
Activity Package
Mikumi National Park Game Drive
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
±195km
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. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for the following 3 nights

Route
Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry; Stone Town to Nungwi Beach: ± 60-70 km
Included Activities
Zanzibar Excursion
Spice Tour and City Tour
Optional Activities
Swimming with Dolphins Half Day Trip
Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Day 21

Zanzibar Excursion

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

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 which we will discover on our included Spice Tour.

Distance
±60-70km
Route
Nungwi Beach to Stone Town
Included Activities
Spice Tour and City Tour
Day 23

Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo

Today we leave Zanzibar early and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck. It is a fairly short drive to reach our next destination, Bagamoyo, who’s name goes back to the days of slavery and means, lay down your heart. We settle into our overnight spot which is situated on the beach. Here you will have the afternoon free to step into the inviting Indian Ocean or laze on the beach and enjoy the timeless views across the ocean. The town of Bagamoyo is a short walk away and you can explore this vibrant town on foot.

Route
Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry ± 80km; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo: ± 80 km
Day 24

Arusha

The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africas 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, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park. The following day we will prepare for our journey into the Serengeti.

Distance
±550km
Route
Bagamoyo to Arusha
Day 25

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. 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.

Distance
±250km
Route
Arusha to Serengeti National Park
Optional Activities
Serengeti Camping Excursion (*Optional Activity)
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.

Distance
±250km
Route
Serengeti National Park to Arusha
Places
Arusha
Day 29

Kenya – Nairobi

After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi. Founded by the British in 1899 as a simple rail depot, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa and eventually the capital of Kenya in 1963. Usually we enjoy a group meal out at one of Nairobis excellent restaurants. Your tour ends upon arrival in Nairobi.

Distance
±270km
Route
Arusha to Nairobi
Places
Optional Activities
Dinner at Local Restaurant

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

  • Afternoon Game Drive
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (camping)
  • Okavango Delta Excursion (Accommodated)
  • Chobe National Park Boat Cruise
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive
  • Vic Falls National Park Entry
  • South Luangwa NP Sunset Game Drive
  • Mikumi National Park Game Drive

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