Overview

With the Dar es Salaam to Delta Adventure Tour, we seek out some of Africa’s top safari destinations. Before we cross the border into Malawi, we enjoy a game drive through Mikumi National Park (the fourth largest park in Tanzania). Lake Malawi offers a range of optional activities or simply a relaxing day at the beach. Then we will discover the secrets that lie within the South Luangwa National Park, stand above the heights of Victoria Falls and look for rainbows in the sunshine before making our way to Chobe National Park. Chobe National Park is undoubtedly the country’s most beautiful and popular nature and game reserve. It has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, making it an ideal location for African safaris. We then explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta by dugout canoe (traditionally known as a mokoro) on a three day adventure into the pristine wilderness. Here, you’ll have an endless list of activities to participate in, truly making the most of your time in this paradise. We travel further to the Ghanzi district in the central Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert is home to the San people and here will present us an opportunity to learn more about these fascinating people. Our tour ends in Johannesburg.

 

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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

    Mikumi

    Leaving the coast behind us we travel inland and make our way to Mikumi where we stop for the night. Mikumi National Park ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania and forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve.

    Route
    Dar es Salaam to Mikumi
    Day 02

    Iringa

    We rise early this morning and enjoy an extensive game drive in the Mikumi National Park. This afternoon we continue to the southern highlands of Tanzania and our final stop in Tanzania.

    Route
    Mikumi to Iringa
    Activity Package
    Mikumi National Park game drive
    Day 03

    Lake Malawi

    Leaving Tanzania behind, we descend the Great Rift Valley and cross the border into Malawi. Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” the lakeside country is blessed with natural beauty and our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi where we look forward to spending the next few days enjoying the attractions of the northern regions of the lake.

    Route
    Iringa to Chilumba
    Day 04

    Lake Malawi

    Today offers a range of optional activities or simply a day at the beach, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.

    Optional Activities
    Community Volunteering
    Snorkelling Lake Malawi
    Included Activities
    Local Village Visit
    Day 05

    Lake Malawi

    This morning we set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, we learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. We return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake.

    Included Activities
    Museum Visit
    Karonga Town
    Optional Activities
    Community Volunteering
    Livingstonia day trip (hike)
    Snorkelling Lake Malawi
    Day 06

    Lake Malawi

    This morning we make the short journey south to the Nkothakota region of the Lake Shore, here we spend a final evening on the shores of the lake.

    Route
    Chilumba to Nkhotakota Region
    Day 07

    South Luangwa National Park

    This morning we enjoy a final sunrise on the shores of Lake Malawi before setting off for Zambia and the South Luangwa National Park. After crossing the border into Zambia we make a short stop in Chipata before continuing to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Having watched the sun rise over we Lake Malawi in the morning we enjoy an equally spectacular sunset over the Luangwa River this evening.

     

    Route
    Nkhotakota Region to South Luangwa National Park
    Day 08

    South Luangwa National Park

    South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day.

    Optional Activities
    Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa
    Safari Walk (seasonal)
    Activity Package
    Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
    Day 09

    Petauke

    Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning we make a stop at Tribal Textiles. The Chipata area is a major producer of Cotton and this morning we get a taste of the creativity of the African culture. Those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December) to see how these colourful fabrics are crafted. Our destination tonight is the small town of Petauke.

    Route
    South Luangwa to Petauke
    Included Activities
    Textile project visit
    Day 10

    Lusaka

    As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the Luangwa River on our way to Lusaka. The route today is dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

    Route
    Petauke to Lusaka
    Day 11

    Victoria Falls

    Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia we make our way to the adventure town of Victoria Falls, this afternoon we get our first look at the mighty Victoria Falls. Crossing the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe we get a view of “Musi oa Tunya”, the Smoke that Thunders as the falls are known in the local language. Victoria Falls offers a host of optional activities and these can be booked on arrival in Victoria Falls.

    Route
    Lusaka to Victoria Falls
    Day 12

    Victoria Falls

    Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets to explore and a delicious high tea is on offer at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available.

    Activity Package
    Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fee
    Optional Activities
    Dinner at Victoria Falls
    Boma Dinner Experience
    Sunset Cruise
    Gorge Swing
    Helicopter Flights
    Bungee Jump
    Day 13

    Victoria Falls to Kasane

    After breakfast we travel the short distance to the Botswana border, crossing into Botswana we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Lunch will be served from the truck and the afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. For those who have purchased the Activity Package we begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many Elephants that frequent the Chobe riverfront in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely Boat Cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

    Route
    Victoria Falls to Kasane
    Activity Package
    Chobe National Park game drive
    Chobe National Park boat cruise
    Day 14

    Kasane to Caprivi Region

    Today we cross into Namibia as we journey across the Caprivi Strip, much of our day is spent travelling through Game Parks and there is always the possibility of a lucky sighting. Our base tonight is on the banks of the Okavango River, here we will prepare for the upcoming Delta excursions. Your guide will brief you on what you need to pack for the Delta excursions, please note that baggage restrictions apply for transfers to our camps so a small daypack or similar is advisable.

    Route
    Kasane to Rainbow River Lodge
    Day 15

    Caprivi Region to Okavango Delta

    Returning to Botswana this morning we make our way into the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s great wilderness areas. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.

    Route
    Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta
    Activity Package
    Okavango Delta excursion
    Day 15

    Caprivi Region to Okavango Delta

    Returning to Botswana this morning we make our way into the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s great wilderness areas. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquillity of this wilderness area remains constant.

    Route
    Rainbow River Lodge to Okavango Delta
    Activity Package
    Okavango Delta excursion
    Day 16

    Okavango Delta

    A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes in water levels, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional Mokoro rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last great wilderness areas in the world today.

    Day 17

    Okavango Delta to Maun

    Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way to our overnight stop in the bustling town of Maun. Reunited with our truck we enjoy an evening together at the campfire reflecting on our Delta experiences.

    Route
    Okavango Delta to Maun
    Day 18

    Maun to Central Kalahari

    This morning we travel to the Ghanzi district in the central Kalahari. The Kalahari Desert is home to the San people and our stay here will present us with the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating people. Tonight we get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.

    Route
    Maun to Ghanzi
    Included Activities
    San Evening Dance Performance
    Day 19

    Central Kalahari to Kang

    We begin the day with a guided walk with our San guides who will introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. The nomadic San are hunter-gatherers that have passed down a rich knowledge of the plants and animals that play such an important part in their lifestyle. We carry some of this knowledge with us this afternoon as we travel south on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop in the small town of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari

    Route
    Ghanzi to Kang
    Activity Package
    Bush walk with San guides
    Day 20

    Kang to Johannesburg

    A long day awaits us as we continue our journey south to Johannesburg and South Africa. Leaving the Kalahari behind we cross the North-West Province, arriving at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon. All travellers are invited to join us tonight for an optional traditional Braai, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

    Route
    Kang to Johannesburg
    Optional Activities
    Farewell Braai at Belvedere Estate

    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.

    • Mikumi National Park game drive
    • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
    • Victoria Falls National Park Entry Fee
    • Chobe National Park game drive
    • Chobe National Park boat cruise
    • Okavango Delta excursion
    • Okavango Delta excursion
    • Bush walk with San guides

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