35-day Cape Town to Zanzibar (Camping)

Tour Code 23CTZ35. Adventure Camping Tours
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This extensive 35-day African adventure tour will take you from Table Mountain in Cape Town to giant sand dunes in Namibia and sun-drenched beaches of tropical Zanzibar and Malawi. It includes experiences in the Victoria Falls and Chobe and South Luangwa National Park, offering the best adventure travel activities Africa has to offer.

This tour combines with our north-bound routes to Nairobi.

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Day 1. Cape Town to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Winelands, South Africa. Cederberg, South Africa.

Our journey begins in South Africa's Mother City, Cape Town, one of the world's most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world. We start off visiting one of the townships on the Cape Flats to give us an insight into what life is like for a vast amount of the local population. Leaving the cape behind, we track north through various wine and citrus farming regions. This evening we have the option to sample some of South Africa's famous wine at a tasting.

Day 2. Cederberg Area to Gariep (Orange) River, Namibia Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.

The countryside turns semi-desert as we continue our journey northbound. However, during springtime we are lucky enough to see bright fields of colour with the spring flowers blooming. Our camp, situated on the banks of the Orange River Namibia side, affords us the opportunity to take a canoe out on the river or enjoy the scenic views from the bar area. Free from light pollution, the camp is an idyllic spot to star gaze and possibly witness a shooting star or two.

Day 3. Gariep (Orange) River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.

It's only a relatively short journey today to the world famous Fish River Canyon.

Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa and the vistas it provides rival that of the Grand Canyon. Our night stop near the canyon allows us to explore some of the trails, shoot some amazing pictures or simply take in the breathtaking beauty of this natural wonder.

Day 4. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia.

Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world and today we travel to the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park. The national park is home to both the world's oldest desert, along with some of the highest sand dunes.

Day 5. Namib Naukluft National Park to Sossus On Foot Camp, Komas Region Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia.

We are up at dawn to enter Namib Naukluft National Park and trek up one of the towering dunes as the sun steadily rises, changing the colours of the sand as a sign of a new day. Trekking up the dunes can be tough, as some are over 300m tall, but the spectacular views are well worth the steep climb.

We continue on a shuttle ride further into the park and take a nature walk to Dead Vlei for some great photo opportunities before travelling via the Sesriem Canyon and Namibia's smallest town, Solitaire to our camp for the evening situated on a local farm.

Day 6. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. The Tropic of Capricorn.

Crossing into the tropics this morning, we head out to Namibia's coast. Swakopmund is generally refreshingly cool thanks to the cold currents coming off the Atlantic Ocean and here we find a strong German influence having being founded as the main harbour for colonial German South West Africa.

Adventure activities abound in Swakopmund and we enjoy two nights enjoying this vibey coastal town.

Day 7. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

Quad biking, sand boarding, and sky diving are a few of the dare-devilish ways to discover the dunes. Our team in Swakop, as it's locally known, will take us through the options and make sure we make the most of the time here. One thing that surely shouldn't be missed is the amazing cafe culture!

Day 8. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.

Turning inland and away from the cooling breezes off the Atlantic Ocean, our adventure takes us into Damaraland and the peculiar rock formations and bushman paintings in this spectacular area. This is a very special spot, especially at sunrise and sunset where the rocks seem to change colour in the low rays of the strong African sun.

Our camp for the night is a community-owned and run ensuring our visit benefits the local community.

Day 9. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park

Onward north, we get to enjoy our first game experience on this adventure tour. Etosha National Park is dominated by the central salt pan and seasonally managed waterholes which support a wide range of animal and bird species.

We spend two nights in Etosha, usually camping at one of the floodlit waterholes, which offers a truly unique experience watching the wild animals coming to drink in the cool of the night.

Day 10. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Today we enjoy the many sights that are on offer in the park. Game driving in the Acacia safari vehicle allows us to peer over the other vehicles in the park and get some amazing wildlife shots. Before returning to camp, we enjoy a sun-downer by one of the floodlit waterholes to round off the wild and wonderful day.

Day 11. Etosha National Park to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.

Turning south our journey takes us to Namibia's capital city, Windhoek. Like Swakopmund, there is a strong German influence and this is reflected in the architecture of the pleasant city. Why not take the opportunity to experience one of the local night spots?

Day 12. Windhoek to Omaheke Region, Namibia Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Omaheke Region, Namibia.

Travelling eastbound through the Kalahari region our journey takes via Gobabis towards the Botswana border. We spend the night at a campsite in this seemingly barren region of the Bushman.

Here we have the opportunity to meet with these amazing people and learn more about the ancient tribal culture. It is also an eco-tourism venture that creates a sustainable environment to keep their culture alive.

Day 13. Omaheke Region, Namibia to Maun, Botswana Highlights. Maun, Botswana.

We continue onward and cross into Botswana. Our first night here is the town of Maun. Located on the banks of the Thamalakane River, Maun is a thriving tourist town and the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Depending on timing, there might be the opportunity this afternoon to take a scenic flight over the 'Delta' itself.

Day 14. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

First off we are onto a 4x4 open vehicle transfer to meet our local guides who will be accompanying us in the mokoros (dugout canoes) in the Delta.

The Okavango Delta is a river that never quite reaches the sea but spreads out into the sands of the Kalahari and forms a network of channels and islands. Here, we enjoy the afternoon in the wilderness hoping to spot some local wildlife.

Day 15. Okavango Delta to Maun

After spending a night in the wilds of the delta, we board our mokoros and head back to our camp in Maun. Again, this afternoon it is possible to arrange a flight over the UNESCO heritage site that is the delta or simply enjoy a relaxing day by the camp pool.

Day 16. Maun to Elephant Sands Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.

Our journey continues today travelling between the famous Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans towards the small settlement of Nata. Iconic baobab trees dot the landscape en route to our camp, which is unfenced to allow animals to freely roam from one waterhole to another. Close wildlife encounters are expected during our stay!

Day 17. Elephant Sands to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Turning Northbound this morning we head for Kasane and the gateway to the Chobe National Park, home to elephant, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife. With the Chobe River forming the northern boundary, we take an afternoon fish eagle cruise along the river for some unique game viewing experiences.

Day 18. Kasane to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.

This morning we experience Chobe National Park on open 4x4 vehicle game drive with a specialised guide to get a different perspective of the park. Afterwards, we take a pontoon ferry across to Zambia and head to our camp just upstream from the world-renowned Victoria Falls.

Day 19-20. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.

We have two free days in the adventure mecca that is Livingstone. We will visit the falls themselves and explore the labyrinth of paths around the twists and turns of the gorge.

There are plenty of activities on offer in the area including flights over the falls, bungee jumps and white water rafting to name but a few.

Our team at the camp will be able to assist in arranging activities to ensure that we make the most of the time available.

Day 21. Livingsone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.

Today we are back on the road continuing our adventure towards the warm Indian Ocean. Travelling through the lush Zambian countryside we pass through small villages and communities before arriving at the capital city, Lusaka, which is our destination for the night.

Day 22. Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

Onward through Zambia we leave the tar road behind, we journey to the renowned South Luangwa National Park. The seasonality of this park makes it a dynamic and interesting visit year round. On arrival, we set up our camp and can either spend the rest of the day relaxing around the pool or possibly take an optional excursion into one of the villages or a walking safari in the park.

We stop in Chipata, the capital of the eastern province of Zambia. The town is known for its colourful markets and strong Indian influence and makes for a perfect spot to stock up on supplies prior to our excursion tomorrow.

Day 23. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park.

After a relaxing morning, we depart on a late afternoon game drive in the park. With a specialised guide and purpose-built 4x4 vehicles, we keep our eyes peeled to see some of many animal and bird species in their natural South Luangwa habitat.

Day 24. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.

Today we leave behind South Luangwa National Park and journey across the Zambian boarder into Malawi. Travelling to the north of Malawi's capital city Lilongwe, we are accompanied by the smiles and waves of the friendly local population in the 'Warm Heart of Africa,'' to our pleasant beach camp. Our camp rests on the shores of the lake which takes up the majority of the country's area, Lake Malawi.

Day 25. Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.

Kande Beach on the central lake shore is an idyllic spot to kick back, chill out, and enjoy the cool, fresh water. There are a wide variety of different optional activities available, which include horse riding, meandering through the local village, or snorkelling. The choice is yours.

Day 26. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach.

Tracking north along the sparkling waters of Lake Malawi, our journey takes us through the lush and ordered rubber plantations to the regional capital of Mzuzu. We briefly stop to stock up on supplies and explore the colourful and eclectic markets before heading back down towards the lake shore. Chitimba Beach will be our home for the next couple of nights, which sits beautifully at the foot of the Livingstone Plateau.

Day 27. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.

We have the opportunity for a change of scene today by opting for the 11km hike up the Livingstonia Plateau to the Manchewe Falls. The effort is rewarded by stunning views and a cooling dip in the fresh pools.

Of course there are less energetic walks in the local villages or even simply a day relaxing on the beach.

Day 28. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania

Crossing another border today we leave the sandy beaches of Lake Malawi and continue northwards into southern Tanzania. Climbing steadily up the route takes us through neat tea plantations clinging onto the hillsides and offering stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

Our camp for the night is on an organic working farm in the Southern Highlands with a nice cosy bar, great for those chilly evenings.

Day 29. Iringa to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.

Today, we head further east to the Mikumi National Park area and set up camp at a locally run lodge just outside the park gates.

This afternoon is yours at leisure. Relax by the pool and bar area or join an afternoon optional game drive inside the park itself. Tanzania's 4th largest National park, Mikumi offers a variety of animals to view including elephants, buffalo, Lion, leopard and over 400 species of birds.

Day 30. Mikumi to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Travelling east, we make our way to the hot and humid bustling city of Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast. Our route takes us through Mikumi National Park and we may be lucky enough to see elephant and giraffe grazing along the side of the road. After working through the busy traffic we reach our camp for the night on a palm fringed Indian Ocean beach with the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore.

Day 31. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, Stone Town Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Packing what we need for the next few days, we take the fast ferry this morning across to Zanzibar's port Stone Town. Here we spend our first night on the exotic 'Spice Island.' Wander the alleyways and bazaars, grab some bargains or indulge in some fresh food at one of the markets.

Day 32-34. Stone Town to Kendwa Northern Beaches Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Today we work our way up the island and possibly stop off for a historic slave and interesting spice tour along the way to learn about the varied history of this exotic paradise.

We have three nights relaxing on the idyllic northern beaches with the opportunity to chill out to the tunes coming from a nearby beach bar or possibly explore the local area, either on foot or out to sea on a traditional dhow.

Day 35. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

Rounding off our time, both in Zanzibar and on safari, we have time to reflect on the kilometres travelled and the sights we have seen as we travel back to the mainland via the fast ferry from Stone Town.

On arrival back in Dar es Salaam, we are met by the Acacia vehicle for our final journey to camp where the tour must come to an end.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Ashanti Lodge, Gardens, Cape Town

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.

Twin Room Dorm Room Pool Area Bar and Games Area Bar Balcony with View

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam

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.

Chalet huts with a view Views of the Indian Ocean Comfortable rooms with mosquito nets White sandy beaches Ocean view from resort

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

34 Breakfasts, 24 Lunches, 24 Dinners

27 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 2 nights dorm, 1 night tented camp, 3 nights tourist class hotel

Fully Equipped Acacia Safari Vehicle
Camping And Cooking Equipment
All Road Tolls and Vehicle Taxes
All Ground Transportation
Sleeping Mattress
Accommodation as Indicated
Meals as Indicated
Services of Two Crew

Included Highlights:
Cape Town Township Tour
Fish River Canyon
Sesriem Canyon
Sossusvlei Shuttle & Guided Walk
Dune 45
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Etosha National Park, Game Drives
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
Chobe National Park, Fish Eagle (Sunset) Boat Cruise*
Chobe National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls Visit
South Luangwa National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (Optional)
Travel Insurance
Departure Taxes
Airport Transfers
Sleeping Bag
Optional Activities
Drinks, Tips
Items of a Personal Nature
Meals Not Indicated
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