Overview

Leaving behind the city of Johannesburg we venture deeper into the Central Kalahari in Botswana where we will get to know the fascinating San people. We will also join our San guides for a guided walk that will introduce us to the many secrets of their survival in the Kalahari Desert. 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. In Zanzibar you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer, go scuba diving or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. We end our tour with a two night camping excursion to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Serengeti offers an authentic and idyllic wilderness safari that can not be left out on an overland adventure tour!

 

 

 

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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

    Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway

    Leaving behind the city of Johannesburg, we travel through the North-West Province to the Botswana border. After completing border formalities we continue on the Trans-Kalahari highway to our overnight stop in the small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.

    Route
    Johannesburg to Kang
    Day 02

    Kalahari Gateway to Kalahari

    After breakfast we venture deeper into the Central Kalahari and our camp in the Ghanzi district, here we will spend time getting to know the fascinating San people. After lunch we will join our San guides for a guided walk that 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. This evening we will get a first-hand experience of the San culture, well known for its rich traditions of song, dance and story-telling.

    Route
    Kang to Ghanzi
    Activity Package
    Bush walk with San guides
    Included Activities
    San Evening Dance Performance
    Day 03

    Kalahari to Maun

    This morning we bid farewell to the San and make our way to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. Your guides will brief you this evening on what you will need for the upcoming Delta Excursions, please note that baggage restrictions apply for transfers to our camps so a small daypack or similar is advisable.

    Route
    Ghanzi to Maun
    Day 04

    Okavango Delta

    This morning we embark on our exploration of 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.

    Activity Package
    Okavango Delta excursion
    Day 04

    Okavango Delta

    This morning we embark on our exploration of 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.

    Activity Package
    Okavango Delta excursion
    Day 05

    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 unspoilt wilderness areas in the world today.

    Day 06

    Okavango Delta to Caprivi Region

    Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way across the border into Namibia and travel to the Caprivi Strip, part of our day is spent travelling through wildlife areas and there is always the possibility of a lucky sighting. We overnight a short distance from the Botswana border as we prepare for an exciting day of activities in the Chobe National Park tomorrow.

    Route
    Okavango Delta to Katima Mulilo
    Day 07

    Caprivi Region to Kasane

    We enjoy our breakfast in Namibia this morning before returning to Botswana and our 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. 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 day ends with a leisurely Boat Cruise and a meal served around the campfire.

    Route
    Katima Mulilo to Kasane
    Activity Package
    Chobe National Park game drive
    Chobe National Park boat cruise
    Day 08

    Kasane – Victoria Falls

    With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border to Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to 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.

    Route
    Kasane to Victoria Falls
    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 09

    Victoria Falls

    With the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls.

    Optional Activities
    Bungee Jump – Solo
    White Water Rafting
    Helicopter Flights
    Zambezi Sunset Cruise
    Day 10

    Lusaka

    Setting off early from Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.

    Route
    Victoria Falls to Lusaka
    Included Activities
    View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge
    Day 11

    Petauke

    This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

    Route
    Lusaka to Petauke
    Day 12

    South Luangwa National Park

    With two days of travel behind us we look forward to the tranquillity of South Luangwa and this morning we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. Our first stop though is the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton and an important centre for the cotton famers of the region. Tribal Textiles represents the creativity of the African culture and those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December). One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away.

    Route
    Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
    Included Activities
    Textile project visit
    Day 13

    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 14

    Lake Malawi – Malawi

    This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.

    Route
    South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi
    Day 15

    Northern Lake Malawi

    Taking our time this morning we enjoy the charms of sunrise on the Lake, we head out this afternoon and come to rest on the northern reaches of the lake shore. Here we spend a few days indulging in the many attractions that underlie the charm of the Lake and its people. Our base for the next three nights offers a range of opportunities to satisfy every wish.

    Route
    Southern Lake Malawi to Northern Lake Malawi
    Day 16

    Lake Malawi

    Amongst the myriad of optional activities to fill your days, 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
    Livingstonia day trip (hike)
    Snorkelling Lake Malawi
    Included Activities
    Local Village Visit
    Day 17

    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 18

    Tanzania – Iringa

    Today as we leave Malawi, we ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way into Tanzania. We round the northern extremes of the lake as we turn east and continue to our overnight stop in Iringa.

    Route
    Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa
    Day 19

    Mikumi

    This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Abutting the northern border of this vast wilderness, Mikumi offers us an opportunity for an afternoon of game viewing.

    Route
    Iringa to Mikumi
    Activity Package
    Mikumi National Park game drive
    Day 20

    Dar es Salaam

    Today we continue onwards to the bustling port of Dar es Salaam, tonight we have an opportunity to dinner out on the town as we prepare for our upcoming excursion to Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam grew from a humble fishing village and today is one of the largest cities in Africa.

    Route
    Mikumi to Dar es Salaam
    Optional Activities
    Dinner
    Day 21

    Zanzibar Excursion

    Boarding the ferry to Zanzibar this morning we make the ocean journey to the island of Zanzibar. On arrival we will partake in a Spice Tour before reaching Nungwi on the northern point of the island. Our home for the next two nights, Nungwi offers a perfect stop to enjoy the beaches and activities on offer.

    Route
    Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry - transfer to Nungwi
    Optional Activities
    Snorkelling
    Sunset Sailing Trips
    Included Activities
    Spice Tour and City Tour
    Activity Package
    3-Day Zanzibar excursion
    Day 22

    Zanzibar Excursion

    Today is a free day for enjoying some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.

    Optional Activities
    Jozani Forest
    Village Tour
    Turtle Sanctuary Visit
    Scuba Diving
    Fishing
    Snorkelling
    Day 23

    Zanzibar Excursion

    Our visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as we travel to Stone Town this afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes. We overnight here before returning to Dar es Salaam in the morning.

    Route
    Nungwi Beach to Stone Town
    Day 24

    Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo

    This morning we have some time to explore the sights of Stone Town, the rich history and vibrant markets are some of the highlights of any visit to Zanzibar. We bid farewell to the island this afternoon and board our return ferry, on arrival in Dar es Salaam make the short journey north to Bagamoyo where we make our stop for the night.

    Route
    Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo
    Places
    Stone Town
    Day 25

    Arusha

    Heading north this morning we travel across the northern reaches of Tanzania, our destination tonight is the bustling town of Arusha which is our launching point for the Serengeti. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. This evening we will briefed on the excursion to Serengeti by our local guide as we prepare for the coming days.

    Route
    Bagamoyo to Arusha
    Day 26

    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.

    Route
    Arusha to Serengeti National Park
    Places
    Serengeti National Park
    Optional Activities
    4-Day Serengeti camping excursion
    Day 27

    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 28

    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.

    Route
    Serengeti to Ngorongoro
    Places
    Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
    Day 29

    Arusha

    Returning to Arusha tonight we share out experiences of the Serengeti and prepare for the trip to Nairobi tomorrow.

    Route
    Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha
    Day 30

    Kenya – Nairobi

    We cross the border into Kenya this morning and make our way to Nairobi where our journey ends on arrival.

    Route
    Arusha to Nairobi
    Optional Activities
    Dinner

    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.

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

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