Beach and Bush Ramble (36 Days)

Tour Code 19BBR36. Camping Overland Tours
36 days from
$4'306 USD
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Plus 1150 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Day 1-14 - Maximum of 12 + Day 15-39 - Maximum of 24

Join us on a safari of a lifetime with an added bonus of beach time to finish it off...

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.

Please note: Due to weather conditions in Mozambique, an alternative intinerary has been put in place. Please contact Acacia for further information.

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Day 1. Pretoria – Komatipoort

From Pretoria - South Africa’s administrative capital, we travel to the far east of the country, to the town of Komatipoort - situated at the confluence of the Crocodile and Komati Rivers. Our camp for the night is situated on the banks of the Crocodile River, offering spectacular views.

Day 2. Komatipoort to Inhambane/ Tofo Beach (Mozambique)

This 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 the port town of Inhambane and Tofo beach, where we will spend the next two nights. Our camp is located a short way outside of town giving us easy access to watersport activities and the ability to head into town.

Day 3. Inhambane, Tofo Beach Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique.

Today put on that sun cream and spend the day relaxing on the beach, or take the opportunity to enjoy some ocean-based activities including scuba diving, snorkelling, quad biking and deep-sea fishing.

For those wanting a more cultural day, take a trip into Inhambane to see the colonial architecture, markets and old Cathedral

Day 4. Inhambane, Tofo Beach 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.

A small yet bustling settlement, Vilanculos is a great base from which to head out and explore the nearby reefs and islands.

Day 5. Vilanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.

This morning we board a wooden Dhow boat that takes us to the island of Magaruque.

Once on the island, you have free time to explore the azure waters and colourful reefs - snorkelling and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, taking a nature walk, or simply relaxing on the beach. An idyllic location for a picture-perfect tropical island day!

Day 6. Vilanculos - Bilene Highlights. Bilene, Mozambique.

After our relaxing stay at Vilanculos, we make our way south to Bilene, also known as Praia do Bilene. It’s here we spend our last night lulled by the sound of the ocean in this tropical haven.

Day 7. Bilene – Hazyview

We continue south and cross back into South Africa, completing formalities at the border. Our next two nights are spent in Hazyview, a quaint town bordering the Kruger National Park. It’s here we prepare for our full day’s game drive into South Africa’s famed Kruger National park.

Day 8. Kruger National Park to Hazyview Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Rising early this morning, we board our 4x4 safari vehicles ready for a full day of game driving. Kruger is home to over 500 bird species and almost 150 mammals, so lots of wildlife to look out for.

The day is spent driving along winding dirt tracks and roads with our local guide who is on hand with a wealth of knowledge on the fauna and flora of Kruger. Seek out the Big 5 and all the glorious sights of amazing Kruger!

This evening we immerse ourselves in the local culture and enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire. It is an opportunity to learn something of the way of life of these fascinating local people.

Day 9. Hazyview – Tshipise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.

Leaving Greater Kruger, we travel north to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. It’s where we soak in the hot spring pools this campsite is well known for.

Day 10. Tshipise – Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) Highlights. Bulawayo.

After a refreshing night’s sleep, we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe and on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide-open spaces. Our camp is located on the outskirts of the city in a lovely garden atmosphere.

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 on foot, including the endangered rhino, which is an amazing experience.

The area has a special cultural and spiritual significance, evidence of which is displayed by the many Bushman paintings in the park.

Day 12. Bulawayo to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Khami Ruins, Zimbabwe.

This morning we depart our camp and visit the nearby Khami Ruins (an important archaeological site and former trading centre, dating from the 16th century) before continuing to the world-renowned Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe’s largest and best-known wildlife reserve.

The park has a large population of elephants as well as the rare and endangered wild dog. From our base in the park, we take an open vehicle game drive with a specialist local guide.

Day 13. 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 we explore the trails amongst the roar and spray of the water falling into the gorge below.

The David Livingstone museum is well worth a visit, as is wandering around the markets and stalls in the town.

Day 14. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Livingstone, Zambia

Transferring 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.

The rest of the day is at leisure and the team at the camp will be able to assist in arranging some of the many optional activities that are on offer in this region.

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.

Maybe it's White Water Rafting on the lower stretches of the river below the falls, or possibly canoeing on the upper stretches, or possibly a flight over the falls.

Day 16. Livingstone to Lusaka

Journeying north from Livingstone today, we start the second leg of our tour and get acquainted with the new truck and other passengers joining us. Travelling through small villages and communities, we head towards Lusaka, Zambia's capital city and our home for the night - located on a small game farm, a short distance out of the city.

Day 17. Lusaka to South Luangwa

Our 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 over 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species inhabiting the area.

On arrival we set up camp and have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities such as walking safaris and village walks.

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, we go in search of some of the 60 different animal species that call South Luangwa home.

For the rest of the day, we can relax by the pleasant pool, or visit one of the nearby local communities.

Day 19. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.

From the park we follow the road back to the tarmac and head towards the border with Malawi and after completing border formalities, we continue our journey through this friendly country towards the lake that makes up more than half of the area of the country.

We reach our resort overlooking the sparkling lake shore at Kande Beach where we will spend the next two nights.

Day 20. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.

We have a free day to enjoy some of the many optional activities on offer in the area. Water sport include canoeing, boating, snorkeling 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. 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, Tanzania

Leaving the lakeshore this morning, we get the passports out again, as we prepare for the border crossing into neighbouring Tanzania. Once border formalities have been completed, the journey takes us through ordered tea plantations and up into the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.

On arrival at our camp, we are welcomed to lush surroundings and a warm cozy bar, especially inviting in the cooler winter months.

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 stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sun-downers at the local bar/ restaurant, followed by the evening around the open fire and under a blanket of stars.

If time allows, we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon.

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.

Wending our way through the city streets we arrive in Dar Es Salaam, at our beach fronted camp, where we relax after a day of travelling.

Day 26. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.

This morning we jump onto a fast ferry and cross to the exotic spice island, Zanzibar. The island has an intriguing history and we have the opportunity to explore a variety of different historical aspects.

First stop is Stone Town where we can explore the amazing local bazaars and markets.

Day 27. Zanzibar Island

Travelling north today, we wind down and prepare to relax for the next few days on the pristine 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 beautiful beaches, possibly chilling out to tunes coming from a neighbouring beach bar, or exploring the reefs snorkeling off a traditional dhow.

Day 30. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

Bidding farewell to the Zanzibari beaches, we travel south towards Stone Town to catch the ferry and cross back to the main land 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 - onward past the Usambara mountains, to our camp in Marangu, situated at the base of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

If the weather is clear, we might get a glimpse of the snow-capped peak towering above us.

Day 32. Marangu to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania.

Travelling through the town of Moshi (which has built up around the trekking industry on Mount Kilimanjaro) we head to 'Safari Town', Arusha.

Situated midway between Cape Town and Cairo, Arusha is the gateway to the parks in northern Tanzania. Here we stock up on supplies and have the chance to visit the local curio market on the way to our camp on the Maasai plains - a short distance from the city.

On arrival we have the opportunity to visit the local village and get a genuine insight into the life of these nomadic herdsmen.

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.

This afternoon we game drive through the park, hoping for some amazing big 5 game viewing experiences before arriving at our designated camp deep in the park.

Day 34. Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater

After an early morning wake-up call, we game drive at first light, hoping 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 continue game-driving, out of the park, back towards the Ngorongoro Crater and our beautifully located camp on the rim, overlooking the crater.

Day 35. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.

Again, we are up at first light to enter the crater as the gates open. As we descend the steep and winding road, we are rewarded by sweeping views of this natural phenomenon.

The crater itself is home to all the major African animals - with the exception of giraffe as they are unable to make it down the steep slopes.

We enjoy a full morning game drive before ascending to the rim and heading back to our camp outside Arusha for one final night on tour

Day 36. Arusha to Nairobi

Onto 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 towards Nairobi.

Reflecting on the kilometers traveled and experiences we have had, it's time to say farewell for now - until next time?

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Sentinel Hotel, Pretoria

Situated in the heart of Pretoria's diplomatic district, this hotel offers twin/double en-suite rooms, a fully stocked restaurant/bar and a swimming pool for those chilled days.

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

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Hotel Boulevard, Nairobi

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.

Additional Info

This tour starts in Pretoria 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.

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

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

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
Kruger National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide
Bilene and Tofo Beach, Inhambane
Dhow Safari, Vilanculos – Magaruque Island snorkelling
Khami Ruins
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive with resident guide*
Hwange 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 and Accommodation
Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide*
The Great Rift Valley

*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

NB: lunches and dinners in Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Zanzibar is not included in the tour price.
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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.

1150 USD or 1240 USD (If prepaid)

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