An amazing overland journey from Kenya to Johannesburg covering scenic game parks, tropical Zanzibar and lush beaches of Mozambique, the third largest lake in Africa and the Smoke That Thunders over the dramatic Victoria Falls. See Africa's best highlights on this comprehensive adventure overland tour.
Day 1. Nairobi to Masai Mara Highlights. Great Rift Valley.We board our safari vehicles, settle in and head out of the city travelling to the small town of Narok in the Maasai lands area out side the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Stopping along the way to appreciate the views of the Kenyan Rift Valley Escarpment, we wind our way along the country roads into the Reserve's buffer zone where we may already spot some antelope wandering this area.
Day 2. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.We wake early and head out in search of the abundant wildlife this reserve is so well known for. Kenya is the original home of the safari and it's the Maasai Mara that has long rewarded avid wildlife seekers the opportunity to see the animals in their natural habitat.
Day 3. Maasai Mara to NairobiMaking our way back out of the Maasai Mara, we head back to the town of Narok and then on to Nairobi where we spend the night.
Day 4. Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania Highlights. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania.Boarding our overland safari truck we wave our farewells to the city and head south to the border of Tanzania.
Day 5. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.Packing our gear into the safari vehicles, we meet our resident guides and then head off on our safari!
Day 6. Serengeti to Ngorongoro CraterWaking up with the dawn we prepare for our morning out searching for the predators that have been active overnight. After packing up camp, we head back out over the plains and on to our camp on the Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Day 7. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.Another early morning start and we're off today to explore the Ngorongoro Crater. Descending 600m down the steep crater walls we make our way to the base of the caldera where the rich, fertile soil provides ample food for the herds that pass through here.
Day 8. Ngorongoro Crater to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania.We head out of safari country driving past the base of the magnificent Kilimanjaro. Shrouded in cloud cover in the morning, we hope to catch a glimpse of its icy tip later as we drive south.
Day 9. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.We wake with the cool sea breeze and after breakfast we make our way down the coast to the bustling port-city of Dar es Salaam. With a natural harbour, the city was dubbed 'haven of peace' and long provided a safe place for sailing dhows and traders to sell their wares.
Day 11-12. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.After a night in Stone Town we head north to the beaches where we spend the next two nights of our stay on the Island.
Day 13. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamAfter our last dip in the Zanzibari waters we head back to Stone Town and after last minute shopping, we board our ferry back to the mainland and meet up with our overland truck once more.
Day 14. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Bidding farewell to the coast we travel back inland and once clear of the city and surrounding towns, make our way through the northern transit road through the Mikumi National Park.
Day 15. Mikumi to IringaHeading further into Tanzania we make our way through the Baobab Valley with its odd-looking trees and onto the Tanzanian highlands. It is here that we arrive at our camp in Iringa based on a working farm.
Day 16. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.Continuing on through the Tanzanian countryside we make our way to Mbeya before turning onto the road to Malawi which takes us through the bananna plantations and farms along the way. Once we've completed border formalities, we enter Malawi and head to our camp on the beach of northern Lake Malawi.
Day 17. Chitmiba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Today we have a free day to chill on the beach, explore the local wood-carvers market or if you're feeling energetic - there's a great hike up the nearby mountains to the Livingstonia Mission.
Day 18. Chitimba to Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Journeying south, we travel via the town of Mzuzu where we stock up on supplies and explore the local market place. With mostly subsistence farming in the area, the town is a hub of activity and offers a variety of wares at their large, open air marketplace.
Day 19. Kande BeachEnjoy a day off the truck discovering the colourful and interesting underwater world of the fresh water fish in Lake Malawi, or jump on horseback for a ride through the countryside finishing off with a swim. The local village also offers tours to visit the school and see the local Malawians in their everyday lives.
Day 20. Kande Beach to Chipata, ZambiaWaving farewell to the lake and its smiling locals, we stop off in the Capital city Lilongwe before heading on to the border with Zambia.
Day 21. Chitimba to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Travelling south via the Great East Road we head toward Zambia's Capital city Lusaka. Along the way we cross the great Luangwa River bridge and see many smaller, rural villages along the way. As we near the Capital one can see larger farming villages and settlements with a bustling city growing as we come near.
Day 22. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.Heading further south we travel to Livingstone and on to our camp on the banks of the mighty Zambezi. We settle in here for the next few nights to give us the opportunity to explore the area properly.
Day 23-25. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or like to take things in your stride, there's loads to do in the Livingstone and Victoria Falls area.
Day 26. Livingstone to Victoria Falls, ZimbabweWe head over the bridge to neighboring Zimbabwe where after border formalities, we head to our camp. This afternoon we have free time to explore this side of the Falls or pop in to the local haunts on this side of the River.
Day 27. Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park Highlights. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.We leave the Zambezi in our wake and head south to the Hwange National Park. The park covers an area of over 14,600 sq kms and is particularly known for its elephant but contains over 100 mammal species including Africa’s “Big 5" (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), as well as giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok and the brown hyena and abundant bird species.
Day 28. Hwange National Park to Bulawayo Highlights. Bulawayo.Today we travel to Zimbabwe's second city - Bulawayo. Once we've stocked up on supplies we continue on to our camp on the outskirts of the city.
Day 29. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.Today is a day of discovery as we head out among the giant rock formations and enjoy game viewing in the Matobo National Park. We search in particular for the colossal black and white rhino that can be found here and we may even get to track these on foot.
Day 30. Bulawayo to Masvingo Highlights. Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Zimbabwe.We leave Bulawayo and take the eastern road to Masvingo, a town next to one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage and archaeological sites in Southern Africa: the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. Dating back to 1200AD this place was once the home to an indigenous population of some 10,000 people. We camp nearby and explore the ruins at leisure and with a local guide who will give you basic information of its history.
Day 31. Masvingo to Bandula area, MozambiqueMoving on, we via Mutare pausing to stock up on supplies before making our way to the Zimbabwe and Mozambique border. If time allows, we may stop at the Birchenough Bridge (named after Sir Henry Birchenough) – one of the many scenic features of eastern Zimbabwe. Completing formalities at the border, we drive a short distance to our camp for the night on the banks of the Chicamba Dam in a 550-hectare conservancy in the Manica province. Explore the area, sit by the dam’s edge and enjoy a sundowner.
Day 32. Bandula Area to Vilanculos Highlights. Vilanculos, Mozambique.It’s time to head to the spectacular Indian Ocean coast and the quaint town of Vilankulo (or Vilanculos), the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. This quaint town was named after a local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke and stretches only 5km. It hosts numerous activities and has a lively atmosphere and friendly people. The evening is at leisure to enjoy the town and its nightlife.
Day 33. Vilanculos Highlights. Magaruque Island, Vilanculos, Mozambique.Time to go sailing! Packed and ready, we board a traditional Arabic dhow boat and set off to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy the island at leisure, snorkelling, swimming, walking, hike to the ruins of a 19 Century fort or simply enjoy lazing on the beach. A delicious lunch will be served under the shady palm fringes before setting sail back to the mainland to overnight.
Day 34. Vilanculos to Tofo, Inhambane Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique.Following the coastal road south via vibrant villages and local shops dotting the roadside we make our way to Tofo where we spend the next two nights. With its powdery-white, long stretched beaches, coconut fringed palms, crystal turquoise waters, and superb all-year round temperate climate this place is perfect to relax and unwind and watch the world go by. Optional activities such as horse riding, snorkelling and scuba are on offer as well as an array of bars and restaurants to sample some of the local drinks and cuisine.
Day 35. Inhambane Highlights. Inhambane, Mozambique.Today is a free day! Explore the nearby Town of Inhambane and its rich history and colourful markets; join in on the many optional activities or simply put your feet up with a good book. Resort bars and restaurants dot the coastal stretch for you to explore. Sample some of the local seafood and traditional Portuguese cuisine and a local beer (called ‘2M’).
Day 36. Inhambane to Xai XaiTime to leave Tofo and spend our last night on the beach at Xai Xai. Our camp is located on the stretch of the beach near the coral reef – a great spot for some snorkelling. It is here we spend the night lulled by the sound of the ocean and enjoy the fresh breeze as we unwind from our day.
Day 37. Xai Xai to Hazyview, South AfricaSaying our farewells to Mozambique we cross into South Africa and head to the country’s premier game reserve, ‘Kruger’ and spend the night outside the reserve. After settling in, we are greeted by the Shangaan tribe as they share their culture through song and dance around an open fire.
Day 38. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.Waking at sunrise, we meet our local expert guide and board our open 4x4 safari vehicle for our full day game drive inside the park. Home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles, this National Park offers some of most incredible wildlife, which we enthusiastically search for on our morning and afternoon game drive. We return in the late afternoon and enjoy our last night of this adventure together around the open fire.
Day 39. Hazyview to Johannesburg Highlights. Johannesburg City .Packing our gear into the truck one last time, we leave Hazyview and head to South Africa's economic hub - Johannesburg where our adventure overland group safari ends on arrival in the late afternoon.
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.
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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Nairobi early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. 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 pre-book this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Johannesburg area’s that can be arranged locally.
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 Maasai Mara we use multi shared tented camp with en-suite facilities. 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 safari vehicle and fast ferry.
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.
37 Breakfasts, 30 Lunches, 29 Dinners
Camping in 2-person dome tents
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 a compulsory add-on for this tour.