This epic adventure tour covers the best of Southern and Eastern Africa. From the famed National Parks - Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Maasai Mara, Matobo, Kruger, and Addo to the many cultural experiences along the way. Wallow in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and explore the ancient forests. This tour offers everything and more!
Day 1. Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Great Rift Valley. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.Our overland tour starts with a 3 day/2 night safari into the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. We board pop-top safari vehicles with an eagle-eyed resident-guide at the wheel and drive across the vast Great Rift Valley, pausing at the viewpoint to marvel the dormant volcanos, vast escarpments and valley floor.
Day 2. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.At 1510 square kilometers the Maasai Mara is known as the jewel of Kenya - due to the abundance of wildlife in the reserve including the annual migration where a staggering 1.5 million plus hoofed animals venture from the Serengeti Plains to the greener pastures of the Masai Mara.
Day 3. Masai Mara to Nairobi Highlights. Nairobi. Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.It’s time to leave the Masai Mara and retrace our steps across the vast floor of the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi where we will overnight.
Day 4. Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Today, our journey takes us across the border of Kenya to Arusha in Tanzania. Arusha is commonly considered the halfway point of the olden day Cairo to Cape Town trade-route and is located beneath the peaks of the volcanic Mt Meru - 2nd highest mountain in Tanzania. On clear days, the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro (highest mountain in Tanzania,) can be seen from the summit of Mt Meru.
Day 5. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.We board our 4x4 safari vehicles with a knowledgeable and eagle-eyed local guide at the wheel and head off to a 2 night/3-day excursion into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 6. Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Predators are most often active in the early hours of the morning, so today we wake early to game drive in hope of glimpsing these magestic animals in their natural environment, before continuing to search for grazing animals later on.
Day 7. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.This morning we rise early, enjoying the fresh air of the high altitude before we board our 4x4 vehicles and wind our way down the steep road to the crater floor.
Day 8. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Accommodation. Firefly Camp.Departing early, we journey via the bustling town of Moshi, hoping for a clear day to catch a glimpse of the snow-capped peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro, which are usually shrouded in clouds
Day 9. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Today, we head to the bustling city of Dar es Salaam, the gateway to Zanzibar island - is a melting pot of Arabian, European and African influences. Our accommodation is based to the south of the city on a lovely long stretch of beach.
Day 11 - 12. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.Our journey takes us to the northern beaches of the Island. Along the way, we have the opportunity to join an optional cultural and spice tour to learn about this rich culture and history of the spice trading.
Day 13. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.We bid farewell to the beach and transfer to the port of Stone Town where we will take a fast ferry to the Mainland. We spend our last night at the beach before our journey takes inland tomorrow.
Day 14. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.Departing early through the hustle and bustle of the city, we head west to Mikumi National Park. At 3230 sq km, this is Tanzania’s fourth largest National Park and home to the ‘Big 5’. Our route runs through the northern section of the Park and we may, with luck, spot some wildlife alongside the road side. Our accommodation for the night is located just outside the park at the town of Mikumi. Relax and unwind, or take an optional late afternoon game drive in Mikumi National Park park to view the resident wildlife.
Day 15. Mikumi to Iringa Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.We continue west, travelling though the magnificent Baobab Valley, and African savannah - dotted with Baobab trees and village settlements. Our destination is the farming community at Iringa in the Southern Highlands. We spend the night at the lovely and rustic Kizalonza farm house, owned by the Ghaui family over the last 70 plus years. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m, ensuring a pleasant fresh climate and stunning views. We overnight here in the charming accommodation provided on the farm.
Day 16. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Leaving Tanzania behind we make our way to Malawi - formerly known as Nyasaland. This beautiful country is well-known for its friendly people and the extraordinary Lake Malawi, the third largest fresh water lake in Africa.
Day 18. Chitimba to Kande Beach Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Rising early, we take the southern road past Mzuzu, the capital of the Northern Malawi province, to our next destination at Kande Beach. Lake Malawi is home to over 500 species of freshwater tropical fish - the majority of which are of the Cichlid family - which we can see on a diving or snorkelling excursion.
Day 19. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.We have a day at leisure to take a break and explore.
Day 20. Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia Accommodation. Mamarula Camp.It is with a heavy heart that we leave the lakeside to travel through central Malawi and cross over to Zambia today. Just a short distance from the border, lies the city of Chipata. Formerly named Fort Jamerson, this border city has a population of approximately 98,000 and is the capital of Zambia’s Eastern Province.
Day 21. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.Our next stop is Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. We take the Great Eastern Road through the countryside passing many small villages in the outlying rural areas, before crossing the Luangwa River via the impressive Luangwa bridge.
Day 22. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Continuing on, we make our way south to Livingstone, the adventure capital of Zambia! Settling in at our accommodation on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, just a few kilometres from the impressive Victoria Falls, we are introduced to a variety of optional activities on offer.
Day 23 - 25. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.We have some free time in Livingstone to enjoy multitude of optional activities, ot to just relax at the camp. Among the activities available are white water rafting, scenic flights over the falls, canoeing, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse-riding and river cruises - to name just a few. Alternatively, explore markets, volunteer for a day at a local school, visit the museum, sample the local restaurants and cafes, or relax at the beautiful waterfront deck overlooking the Zambezi River.
Day 26. Livingstone to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.Departing Livingstone, we cross the border into Zimbabwe today and journey on to Bulawayo, the second largest city in the country. This afternoon we have some time to explore the city with its wide avenues and colonial architecture.
Day 27. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.Rising early, we board open 4x4 safari vehicles and drive to Matobo National Park. This park is well-known for the Matobo Hills, a mass of stacked boulder-rock formations, created by erosion of the granite plateau. It is also home to significant populations of both black- and white rhino, Sable antelope and black eagles - known specifically for their prey-method - marauding the nests of other birds and small mammals or rodents.
Day 28. Bulawayo to Tshipise, South Africa Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa. Accommodation. Forever Resorts, Tshipise.Leaving Bulawayo, we continue south to the border and cross the Lipmopo river at South Africa's busiest land-border-crossing, Beitbridge. From here its off to Tshipise, a small town situated in the northern Limpopo Province.
Day 29. Tshipise - Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing . Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.Travelling through the bush veld, we pass through small towns and settlements, as we make our way to Hazyview in the Greater Kruger area.
Day 30. Hazyview – Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.Waking early, we prepare for our day out in Kruger. Our local guides collect us in their open 4x4 safari vehicles and we make our way into the National Park in search for the ‘Big 5’. Almost every major African mammal (over 148 species) is present here, as well as prolific bird-life (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of trees.
Day 31. Kruger National Park – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland Highlights. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland. Accommodation. Mlilwane.Bidding farewell to South Africa, we cross the border into the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) and traverse the lush mountain ranges to the Ezulwini Valley, where the lovely Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is located. We spend two nights here exploring the area with its exceptional wildlife including zebra, wildebeest, many antelope species, warthog, hippo and crocodile.
Day 32. The Kingdom of Swaziland Highlights. Swaziland Cultural Village, Ezulwini Valley. Accommodation. Mlilwane.This morning we drive a short distance to visit a local Swazi village for an informative cultural experience, providing insight into the way of life in rural Swaziland.
Day 33. Swaziland – St Lucia, South Africa Highlights. St Lucia River Cruise, South Africa. Accommodation. Monzi.Today we re-enter South Africa and travel to St Lucia on the northern Kwazulu Natal coast. It's here we explore the idyllic beaches, prolific bird-life and in the afternoon a river cruise around the estuary in search of the wildlife of the area. Seek out the majestic African fish-eagle, hippo pods and maybe even spot crocodile lazing on the sandy banks of the lagoon.
Day 34. St Lucia to Durban Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.This morning we have time to explore the quaint town of St Lucia before heading to the port city of Durban. It is here that we have the opportunity to explore the famed golden beaches, trendy cafes, do fun-filled leisure activities and the intriguing cultural heritage of the area.
Day 35. Durban Highlights. Durban City . Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.Today is a free day to explore the Durban area. Walk on the promenade of the Golden Mile - a four-mile-long beach bordering Durban's City Centre. Here you'll get a taste of Durban's beauty, from Blue Flag beaches, colourful rickshaws riding up and down the streets and restaurants offering a variety of dishes with a view. There are many optional activities to enjoy - uShaka Marine World and Moses Mabhida stadium which offers 360 degrees views of the city.
Day 36. Durban – Underberg Area Accommodation. Sani Lodge.We rise early, leaving the warm Indian Ocean air behind, travelling through lush mountainous countryside, to our camp for the next two nights - at the Underberg.
Day 37. Sani Pass Highlights. Sani Pass Excursion. Accommodation. Sani Lodge.Today we enjoy an excursion of the Sani Pass. Boarding our 4x4 safari vehicles, we slowly make our way up the steep slopes of the Drakensberg via the winding Sani Pass - taking in the fresh mountain air and the extraordinary views. Along the way we visit a living Basotho village to see how the locals tend to their cattle in the rural highlands. We pause for lunch and continue to the highest pub in South Africa - with a spectacular view - where we might enjoy a beverage before retracing our steps back to down and our accommodation for the evening.
Day 38. Underberg to Northern Drakensberg via Battlefields Highlights. Battlefields - South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.Making our way along the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains, we travel to the historic KwaZulu Natal Battlefields. Learn about the epic battles that took place here between British soldiers, local Zulu tribes and Boere (pioneer farmers) on our visit to these historic sites.
Day 40. Drakensberg to Malealea, Lesotho Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.After an early breakfast, we head off to re-enter Lesotho at the Maseru Bridge and travel south to Malealea Lodge in the Mafeteng District. Located in a tranquil setting amidst rolling hills, this amazing place offers plenty of optional activities for you to enjoy – Basotho-pony trekking, waterfalls, village walks, hikes & nature walks of varying lengths to name but a few.
Day 41. Malealea Highlights. Malealea Activities. Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.Waking to the sounds of rural Africa, we have a free day today, to explore this beautiful area by foot, bike, or pony. Alternatively join a village tour to meet the local Basotho people, as they tend to their day to day life in this mountainous region.
Day 42. Malealea to Mountain Zebra National Park Highlights. Mountain Zebra NP. Accommodation. Mountain Zebra National Park.Descending the Mountain Kingdom, we cross back into South Africa and make our way to the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock. This park is home to over 700 animals including the lion, cheetah, rhino and the Cape mountain zebra after which the park was named. We game drive in our overland truck this aftertoon and coninue to our accommodation located inside the National Park.
Day 43. Mountain Zebra National Park – Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth Area Highlights. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth.After an early breakfast, we have a short game drive out of the park again and then head for the Addo Elephant National Park.
Day 44. Port Elizabeth area – Storms River via Tsitsikamma Forest Highlights. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Tube 'n Axe Lodge, Storms River.We travel south and enter the famed ‘Garden Route’ as we make our way to Storms River in the Tsitsikamma National Park. This area is well-known for its dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers and indigenous forests. At the Tsitsikamma National Park, enjoy a walk on the suspension bridge, take a nature hike, or opt for a black water tubing experience on the Storms River. For the adrenaline seekers there is the option to jump off the highest bungee in the world, at 217 metres.
Day 45. Storms River - Oudtshoorn Highlights. Cango Caves, South Africa. Accommodation. Kleinplaas.After breakfast, we’re off to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, the ostrich capital of the world. This town is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system. Here we see the finest dripstone caverns with their vast halls and towering formations, on a guided tour.
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.
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.
* 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 Cape Town 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.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (42 nights), twin share tented camp (2 nights), twin shared tents with bedding and with basic facilities (2 nights). Some may be with 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.
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. Our accommodated tour option travels together with the camping counterpart.
46 Breakfasts, 37 Lunches, 36 Dinners
42 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night pre-erected; 2 night bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).
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.