Beach and Bush Ramble (36 Days)

Tour Code 21BBR36. Adventure Camping Tours
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$5'285 USD
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Group Size: Day 1-14 - Maximum of 12 + Day 15-39 - Maximum of 24. Age Group: 18+

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

This camping 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.

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Day 1. Pretoria – Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan Cultural Evening.

From Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital, we travel via the panoramic region of Mpumalanga to Hazyview, a quaint town bordering the Kruger National Park.

This evening we immerse ourselves in the local culture. We are treated with Shangaan traditional tribal dancing and singing around an open fire, where we learn more about this fascinating tribe.


Day 2. Hazyview to Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.

We wake early this morning and board our 4x4 safari vehicles ready for a full day of game driving. Kruger is home to over 500 bird species and almost 150 mammal species.

Our day is spent driving along the winding dirt tracks and roads - with an eagle-eyed local guide who is on hand with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the fauna and flora of the area. Seek out the Big 5 and all the glorious sights of amazing Kruger!

Day 3. Hazyview to Bilene, Mozambique Highlights. Bilene, Mozambique.

This morning we head out early and make the border crossing into Mozambique. Once formalities are out of the way, we continue on through this former Portuguese colony to Bilene (also known as Praia do Bilene). It’s here we spend the night, lulled by the sound of the ocean and enjoying the fresh breeze as we unwind from our day.

Day 4. Bilene to Tofo, Inhambabe Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique.

After an evening of relaxation, we follow the coastal roads to the port town of Inhambane and Tofo beach where we will spend the next two nights. Our camp is located a short distance from this stunning quaint town and close to the beach, giving us easy access to water-sport activities and the town itself.

Day 5. Inhambane Highlights. Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique.

Day at leisure. Lather on the sun protection, doff the sun hat 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 to explore more, take a trip into Inhambane to see the colonial architecture, old Cathedral and local markets.
Alternatively just laze on the beach or enjoy a good book.


Day 6. Inhambane to Vilanculos Highlights. Vilanculos, Mozambique.

After our day of leisure, we make our way further up the coast to the town of Vilanculos - where we will spend the next two nights.

On Arrival, we board a wooden dhow and head for our beach camp overlooking the warm azure waters of the Indian ocean.


Day 7. Vilanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.

Packed and ready, we board our wooden boat for our day's excursion to Magaruque Island.

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

Day 8. Vilanculos to Bandula Area

Today we leave the coast and head west to the Bandula area. 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 numbers.

We set up camp close to the dam and enjoy our last night in Mozambique.

Day 9. Bandula Area - Great Zimbabwe Ruins - Masvingo Highlights. Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe.

This morning we cross from Mozambique into Zimbabwe and head to the town of Masvingo. Nearby is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southern Africa: The Great Zimbabwe National Monument & ruins - dating back to 1200 AD.

We camp nearby for easy access and there is ample time to explore the ruins at leisure - with a resident guide who will explain the significance, history and culture of the area.

Day 10. Masvingo to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo.

We depart Masvingo and make our way to the country's second largest city, Bulawayo. The city's tree-lined avenues give the city a spacious and open feel and we stop here to stock up on supplies, 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, in dedicated game drive vehicles, with our professional local guide. Should conditions be optimal and safe, we might be 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. Matobo National Park to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Khami Ruins, Zimbabwe.

This morning we depart our camp and drive 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 (painted) 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 among 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 new tour leader (who will be taking over the second leg of the tour up to Nairobi) and continue onward 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.

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, canoeing on the upper stretches, or possibly a scenic 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 Acacia vehicle 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 from the city.

Day 17. Lusaka to South Luangwa

Our route takes us through lush countryside and small villages, across the Luangwa River ind into South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
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.
Hosting over 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species the park makes for a truly magnificent wildlife experience.

Day 18. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park.

This afternoon we hop in open 4x4 game drive vehicles with a professional local area guide and with cameras at the ready, we go in search of some of the 60 different animal species that call South Luangwa home.

The rest of the day is at leisure and we could either 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. 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 waters and 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 day at leisure to enjoy some of the many optional activities on offer in the area.
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.
Water based activities include canoeing, boating, snorkelling and freshwater scuba diving.
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 Mzuzu, 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 lake-shore this morning, we cross 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 by lush surroundings and a warm cosy bar, where one can try the house speciality - Amarula hot chocolate
- 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 if time allows, we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon, before enjoying sun-downers at the local bar/ restaurant.

Day 25. Mikumi National Park area to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Our journey continues east via the Mikumi National Park and we may be lucky enough to spot a variety of game grazing alongside the road.

Arriving at Dar es Salaam we wind our way through the city streets to our beachfront camp, where we relax after a day of travelling.

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

packed and ready, we take the fast ferry across the channel 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 in Stone Town - amazing local bazaars, markets, Arabic/Persian influenced architecture and much more.

Day 27. Zanzibar Island

Today we transfer to the northern beaches. Join a spice tour on route or simply aim for the beaches to unwind.

We will spend three nights at the tropical haven. Explore the white powdery beaches, warm turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. Opt for a massage or some snorkelling.

Close by is the bustling fishing village of Nungwi. Take a stroll by foot (accessed on low tide only) or a local taxi for a different perspective. This area is famous for its dhow boat making, bars, restaurants and cove beaches.

Day 28-29. Zanzibar Island Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.

Enjoy your time at leisure over the next few days. Explore the are by dhow boat or simply sip a cocktail in a hammock with a good book.

Day 30. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

Bidding farewell to the Zanzibari beaches, we travel south towards Stone Town and back to the mainland and Dar es Salaam. Here we will spend our last night at our camp soaking up the beauty of the Indian Ocean.

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 through banana and sisal plantations and past the Usambara mountains, to our camp in Marangu. This amazing camp is 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 usually covered in could - towering above us.

Day 32. Marangu to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Culture 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.

Packed and ready for our 2 night/ 3-day excursion we board our specialised 4x4 safari vehicles with an expert local guide at the wheel. We venture via the Great Rift Valley and enter at the Ngorongoro Crater Conservatory. After admiring the view from above, we descent into 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 catch some great game viewing in the cool of the early morning - when the predators are most active. After a late breakfast, we continue game-driving out of the park, back towards the Ngorongoro Crater.

Our camp for the evening is located on the crater rim, with spectacular views of the crater far below.

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

Waking early for sunrise, we descend the steep and winding road to the base of the crater mesmerised by the 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 or up the steep crater walls.

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

Day 36. Arusha to Nairobi

Our final day we head for Nairobi, Kenya's capital where our tour will end in the early evening

If time allows, stay an extra night or two after your tour finishes to enjoy the many amazing highlights this city has to offer.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

* 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

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.

ACCOMMODATION:
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.

TRANSPORT:
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, 4x4 open safari vehicles, Dhow sailing boat and fast ferry

NB: Between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg smaller 12-seater custom-built safari vehicle 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.

TOUR STYLE:
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 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.

Meals
35 Breakfasts, 27 Lunches, 28 Dinners

Accommodation
31 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 4 nights tourist class hotel

Includes.
Fully equipped Acacia 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
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Nature 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
Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Visas
Flights
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 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.

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