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.
Day 1. Pretoria – KomatipoortFrom 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.
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.
Day 5. Vilanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.This morning we board a wooden Dhow boat that takes us to the island of Magaruque.
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 – HazyviewWe 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 over 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, we go 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. 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.
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, TanzaniaLeaving 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.
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.
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 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 SalaamBidding 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.
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 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.
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 towards Nairobi.
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.
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 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.
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.