An African adventure that takes you from the beaches of Zanzibar to game viewing in Chobe and Etosha National Parks. Discover the fascinating people and places of Africa, the beauty of Lake Malawi, the wildness of Botswana and the rush of adrenaline at the Victoria Falls and Livingstone.
This safari is also available in reverse starting in Cape Town and ending in Dar es Salaam.
Day 1. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.Our journey kicks off with a fast ferry across to the spice island of Zanzibar. Our first night is in Stone Town. Head out the the markets or marvel at the many winding alleyways with the traders seated on door-steps along the way. There are many restaurants and cafes to choose from for meals while on the island - try the fresh seafood delights or savour the flavours of the fresh fruit the island is famous for.
Day 2. Stone Town to Kendwa Beach Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.Kendwa is home to some of the white sandy sun-kissed beaches that Zanzibar is famous for and this morning we transfer North from Stone Town to this resort.
Day 3. Kendwa BeachEnjoy the tranquil beaches and possibly take a dhow safari to snorkel and swim in the clear warm waters or possibly explore the local area. The day is free to do as much or as little as you like!
Day 4. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Leaving the beautiful Zanzibari beaches behind this morning we travel down through the island to Stone Town. We catch the ferry this afternoon back to Dar es Salaam to our beachside camp for the night.
Day 5. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park area Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Our travelling day starts early as we negotiate the traffic to get out of the city and once out on the open road we travel through the beautiful countryside of Tanzania.
Day 6. Mikumi National Park to IringaContinuing on through Tanzania the route takes us up towards the Southern Highlands along with a pleasant fresh climate.
Day 7. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.Travelling through the rolling hills dotted with tea plantations we gradually drop down towards the border with Malawi at the Songwe River. After completing the formalities our journey takes us on to the sparkling blue waters of Lake Malawi and our beach camp.
Day 8. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.We have a day at leisure on the beach or we can enjoy the hike up the Livingstonia Plateau to the Manchewe Falls to take in some stunning views over the lake and have a refreshing swim in the pools.
Day 9. Chitimba Beach to Kande BeachContinuing onwards through Malawi, our route takes us inland through the market town of Mzuzu where we have the chance to explore the colourful markets before continuing onwards through ordered rubber plantations along the lake shore to Kande Beach.
Day 10. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.We have a relaxing day at leisure today on the beautiful beaches of Lake Malawi.
Day 11. Kande Beach to Chipata, ZambiaTravelling from the beach and Lake Malawi, our journey takes us to the north of the capital city, Lilongwe before reaching the border with Zambia.
Day 12. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Continuing onwards through Zambia passing numerous small villages we eventually reach the capital city, Lusaka and our camp a short distance out of the city on a peaceful farm.
Day 13. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.After another day of travelling through Zambia we reach the town of Livingstone close to the mighty Victoria Falls. We visit the falls themselves and walk around the various pathways taking in this awe inspiring sight.
Day 14-16. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.We have three days at leisure in the Livingstone area. Possibly enjoy a day white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi river shooting rapids with makes like 'The Devils Toilet Bowl' and 'Overland Truck Eater' or maybe take a more relaxed canoe safari on the upper stretches of the river.
Day 17. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana.Travelling the sort distance to the Kazangula Ferry we cross the border into Botswana and on to the nearby Chobe National Park.
Day 19. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana.Continuing westwards through Botswana and the sands of the Kalahari we reach the town of Maun which is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Stocking up on supplies in town before having the afternoon relaxing in the pleasant camp.
Day 20. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.Leaving our camp we depart on a 4x4 safari vehicle and then into traditional dugout canoes (mokoros) where we explore this vast inland delta with its labyrinth of channels and islands.
Day 21. Okavango Delta to MaunAfter a morning game walk we retrace our steps back to the base in Maun. This afternoon we can either check out the town or take an optional flight over the delta and try spotting some game from the air!
Day 22. Maun, Botswana to Omaheke Region, Namibia Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Omaheke Region, Namibia.Travelling on through the vastness of Botswana and the edges of the Kalahari Desert we cross into Namibia and make tracks to our camp for the night. Here we meet the San / Bushmen and learn about their culture and how they survive in this harsh and seemingly barren landscape.
Day 23. Omaheke Region to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.First off we travel to Windhoek, the small capital city with its interesting Germanic colonial architecture. This evening we might enjoy visiting one of the well known German restaurants in the city.
Day 24. Windhoek to Etosha National ParkWith a change of direction we head north towards the Etosha National Park and the vast salt pan that dominates the landscape. The shimmering white pan can apparently been seen from space.
Day 25. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.We enjoy a full day game driving in the park today hoping to catch sight of some of the animals that the park is so famous for including elephant, giraffe and possibly rhino. Etosha is classified as a desert National Park so keep an eye open for the prancing Springbok, and regal looking Oryx as you travel through the wild.
Day 26. Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.Having travelled through the Etosha National Park our journey takes us south through the eerily beautiful Damaraland region of Namibia to Spitzkoppe and it's unique rock formations dotted with bushman paintings.
Day 27. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.Heading for the west coast of the African continent and the cool waters of the South Atlantic we are heading for Swakopmund, a cool and refreshing seaside town, from where we can take part in a variety of different activities both in the nearby sand dunes and over them!
Day 28. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.We have the day at leisure today to possibly enjoy quad biking, sand boarding or even a skydive! Alternatively, it could be simply enjoying some of the fantastic coffee shops in the town and enjoying a view of the tumultuous Atlantic ocean
Day 29. Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. The Tropic of Capricorn.Leaving the coast behind, we turn inland over the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping for a photo opportunity en-route to our desert camp. It's here we admire the views over this vast desert and spend the night under canvas.
Day 31. Sesriem area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.Our journey continues southbound through the barren and rocky landscape dotted with strange looking quiver trees.
Day 32. Fish River Canyon to Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.Heading south, we travel through rocky terrain dotted with quiver trees and succulents native to the area and make our way to the Orange River bordering Namibia and South Africa. Our camp is located on the river bank on the Namibian side and here you will have the opportunity to take an option canoe, walk the magnificent rugged kloofs or relax by the water.
Day 33. Orange River to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa.Our penultimate day on the Acacia vehicle takes us from the Namibia side across the border to South Africa of the arid Northern Cape towards the fruit and citrus growing areas of the Western Cape. Travelling through this area in the spring months we will be rewarded by views over fields of wildflowers.
Day 34. Cederberg Area to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.Back onto the Acacia vehicle for the final leg of our adventure down to the 'Mother City' Cape Town. One of the world's most iconic cities dominated by Table Mountain towering over the city.
An informal and secure thatched resort set on a golden stretch of beach on the south coast of Dar es Salaam and reached by ferry from the city centre. The relaxed restaurant is well-known for its seafood, and has tables set in the sand and hammocks strung up in the palm trees. Rooms – single, twin, double or family share bandas, some en suite, camping. Facilities – restaurant and bar. The Indian Ocean here is ideal for swimming.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Dar es Salaam early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings. If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa.
Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can pre-book this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Cape Town area’s that can be arranged locally.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In the Okavango Delta we use twin share pre-erected tents with basic en-suite facilities. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotels. In Swakopmund we use multi shared accommodation (dorm).
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari vehicle with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, mokoro (dugout canoe), river boat, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the Acacia vehicle tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip. Our accommodated tour option travels together with the camping counterpart.
33 Breakfasts, 24 Lunches, 23 Dinners
27 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 1 night in twin share pre-erected en suite tents, 2 nights dorm room, 3 nights tourist class hotel
Every adventure tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.
This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.