This overland adventure and beach safari tour offers the renowned Big 5 game parks, the friendly laid back beaches of Mozambique and Lake Malawi, the tropical paradise of Zanzibar, and the Victoria Falls. Its ideal for those wanting to see the best of Africa.
Day 1. Johannesburg to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .From Johannesburg - South Africa’s commercial capital - we travel via the panoramic region of Mpumalanga to Hazyview, a quint town bordering the Kruger National Park.
Day 2. Kruger National Park to Hazyview Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique.We wake early this morning and board our 4x4 safari vehicles ready for a full day game driving. Kruger is home to over 500 bird species and almost 150 mammals, so lots of wildlife to look out for.
Day 3. Hazyview to Xai Xai, MozambiqueThis morning we head out early to make our border crossing into Mozambique. Once formalities are out of the way, we continue on through this former Portuguese colony passing by many villages as we make our way to Xai-Xai, a small town on the banks of the Limpopo River where our accommodation is on the beach close to the coral reef that stretches alongside the shore.
Day 6. Inhambane to Vilanculos Highlights. Vilanculos, Mozambique.After our day of relaxation, we make our way further up the coast to the town of Vilanculos where we will spend the next two nights.
Day 7. Vilanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.This morning we board a wooden Dhow boat that takes us the island of Magaruque.
Day 8. Imhambane to Bandula AreaToday we leave the coast and head west to the Bandula area near the Chicamba Dam. Our campsite is located within a 550-hectare conservancy. The dam is a favourite for bass fishing where a catch and release program ensures the fish are conserved and can continue to grow in number.
Day 9. Bandula Area to Great Zimbabwe Ruins Highlights. Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe.We leave Mozambique and cross the border into Zimbabwe and to the town of Masvingo. Nearby is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa: The Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Dating back to 1200 AD.
Day 10. Masvingo to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo.We depart Masvingo and make our way to the country's second city, Bulawayo. The city's tree lined avenues give the city a spacious and open feel. Stopping for supplies here before continuing onto our camp nestled on the outskirts of Bulawayo.
Day 11. Bulawayo to Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.We have a half day excursion into Matobo National Park today with our professional guide in dedicated game drive vehicles. Where safe we are allowed to track animals, including the endangered rhino, on foot, which is an amazing experience.
Day 12. Matobo National Park to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.Turning north, we continue our journey through Zimbabwe to the largest and most famous National Park in the country, Hwange.
Day 14. Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park.Leaving Hwange we travel the relatively short distance to the small town of Victoria Falls. On arrival we visit the falls themselves and explore the trails amongst the roar and spray from the water falling into the gorge below.
Day 14. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Livingstone, ZambiaTransferring across the Victoria Falls bridge into Livingstone today we meet up with our tour leader who will be taking over the second leg of the tour up to Nairobi and continue onwards to our camp on the banks of the Zambezi.
Day 15. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.From our camp on the banks of the Zambezi the team will be able to assist us in making plans for the day. We have a day at leisure to make the most of the many activities that are on offer in the area.
Day 16. Livingstone to LusakaJourneying north from Livingstone today we start the second leg of our tour and get acquainted with the new truck. Travelling through small villages and communities we head towards Lusaka, Zambia's capital city and our home for the night, a small game farm a short distance out of the city.
Day 17. Lusaka to South LuangwaOur route takes us through lush countryside and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to the South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world hosting 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species inhabiting the area.
Day 18. Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park.This afternoon we leave our camp in open 4x4 game drive vehicles with a professional guide with cameras at the ready in search of some of the 60 different animal species that call South Luangwa home.
Day 19. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.From the park we follow the road back to the tarmac and head towards the border with Malawi. After completing the formalities we continue our journey through this friendly country towards the lake that makes up more than half of the area of the country.
Day 20. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.We have a free day to enjoy some of the many activities on offer in the area. From water sports such as canoeing, boating, snorkelling and freshwater scuba diving. Lake Malawi is home to the greatest number of freshwater fish species in the world and the clear water makes diving here an absolute pleasure. Alternately how about taking an exhilarating horse ride through the forests and along the beach?
Day 21. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach.Leaving Kande, we journey north through to the regional capital of Muzuzu before heading back towards the lake shore again. Along the way we travel through ordered rubber plantations and are greeted by the smiles and waves from the friendly locals.
Day 22. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Located at the foot of the Livingstonia Plateau, Chitimba is an ideal spot to take a break from the beach and increase the pace by taking the 11km trek up to the Manchewe Falls. The effort will be rewarded by amazing views and a refreshing dip in the fresh pools at the top.
Day 23. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, TanzaniaLeaving the lakeshore this morning we get the passports out again as we prepare for the border formalities to cross into neighbouring Tanzania. Once completed, the journey takes us on through ordered tea plantations and up into the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Day 24. Iringa - Mikumi National Park area Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Leaving the Southern Highlands, we make our way east to Mikumi National Park. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars.
Day 25. Mikumi National Park area to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Journeying on through Tanzania we feel both the temperature and humidity rising as we get nearer to the coast. En route we travel through the Mikumi National Park and we may be lucky enough to spot a variety of game grazing alongside the road.
Day 27. Zanzibar IslandTravelling north today we wind down and prepare to relax for the next few days on the beautiful white sandy beaches that this beautiful tropical island is known for
Day 28-29. Zanzibar Island Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.We have a full two days relaxing on the beautiful beaches, possibly chilling out to tunes coming from a neighbouring beach bar or exploring the reefs snorkelling off a traditional dhow.
Day 30. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamBidding farewell to the Zanzibari beaches we travel down through the island to Stone Town to catch our ferry back across to the mainland and Dar es Salaam. Here, our truck is ready to meet us and take us back to our camp for the night.
Day 31. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Marangu, Moshi Area, Tanzania.Getting out of the city early this morning we make our way northwest first through banana plantations and then sisal plantations and onwards past the Usambara mountains to our camp in Marangu situated at the base of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 33. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.Transferring off the truck and onto specialised 4x4 safari vehicles, our expert local guides take us across the Great Rift Valley and past the famous Ngorongoro Crater before dropping down towards the endless sea of grass that is the Serengeti Plains.
Day 34. Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro CraterAfter an early morning wake up call we are game driving at first light to hope to catch some great game viewing in the cool of the morning when the predators are most active. After a late breakfast we then continue game driving out of the park back towards the Ngorongoro Crater and our beautifully located camp on the rim, overlooking the crater itself.
Day 35. Ngorongoro Crater to ArushaAgain, we are up at first light to enter the crater as the gates open and as we descend the steep and winding road we are rewarded by sweeping views of this natural phenomenon.
Day 36. Arusha to NairobiOnto the truck for the final day and our final border crossing. Entering Kenya at the Namanga border post we continue along the last stretch of road on into Nairobi.
Saba Lodge is selectively chosen as it boasts of quality and comfort as well as being conveniently located. Within 15 minutes drive of O.R Tambo Airport, this establishment offers clients a taste of what their African adventure will entail. Set on 8000 square metres of land, with a tranquil rustic theme, a large deck and swimming pool, free uncapped fibre optic wifi, guests are sure to enjoy their stay. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
Conveniently located on Nairobi's Harry Thuku Road and set in manicured gardens, this hotel offers a peaceful oasis in the centre of town. Walking distance to shops and craft markets. Rooms – single, twin, double en suite rooms with balcony and satellite TV. Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, internet, laundry. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* 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 starts in Johannesburg on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive at least the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa and enjoy the vast array of activities that the Victoria Falls area is famous for. 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 also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Nairobi area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.
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 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater there are basic facilities. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotels.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, 4x4 open safari vehicles, Dhow sailing boat and fast ferry
NB: Between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg smaller 12-seater custom-built safari truck with trailer for luggage is used
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 truck 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.
35 Breakfasts, 27 Lunches, 28 Dinners
31 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 4 nights tourist class hotel
Every Overland 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.