Experience some of Southern and East Africa's best highlights on this accommodated overland tour. Game drive the famous Kruger, Matobo and South Luangwa National parks, visit the mighty Victoria Falls and enjoy the white sandy and turquoise waters of Lake Malawi and the Indian Ocean on Zanzibar.
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Day 1. Johannesburg to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing . Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.From Johannesburg, we travel through the breathtaking panoramic region of Mpumalanga to Hazyview a small town on the outskirts of the Kruger National Park. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km.
Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.Rising early, we board our open 4x4 safari vehicles and make our way to the park gates. Kruger has incredibly diverse fauna and flora from the dwarf mongoose to the famed ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (148 species) is present. There is also prolific birdlife (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of trees. We game drive in the morning and late afternoon, pausing in the heat of the day in one of the park's resorts. In the late afternoon, we return to our accommodation and enjoy the evening around the fire reminiscing about the day's sightings.
Day 3. Hazyview to Tshipise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa. Accommodation. Forever Resorts, Tshipise.Leaving the Greater Kruger we travel north through South Africa’s bushveld to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our accommodation is next to the Honnet Nature Reserve and offers a variety of hot springs to enjoy.
Day 4. Tshipise to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.Moving on, we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe and the city of Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and bustling markets. Our accommodation for the evening is in the Matobos Area, a natural heritage site where we prepare for our next day's adventure.
Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo and knowledgeable guides will collect us in the morning and drive us into the park educating us along the way about the history, flora and fauna of the area. The reserve itself has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals.
Day 6. Bulawayo to Livingstone, Zambia Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.We journey north today passing through the town of Victoria Falls before crossing the border into Zambia and the town of Livingstone. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, our accommodation at the Waterfront has a restaurant and small deck/terrace overlooking the river, and is a base and booking point for the numerous optional activities available in the area.
Day 7-8. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Enjoy your time over the next two days at leisure in Livingstone participating on the many optional activities, explore the vibrant town and markets or simply relax by the poolside at the Waterfront overlooking the mighty Zambezi River. Some of the most popular activities include bungy jumping, abseiling, game walk, gorge swing, sunset cruise and white water rafting.
Day 9. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.This morning we visit the Victoria Falls themselves. With camera in hand, we view the mighty falls as it spans at over a mile wide and some 100 metres deep. At high water (February - July), it forms the largest curtain of falling water in the world.
Day 10. Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.Leaving the capital Lusaka, we head to the South Luangwa National Park. At 20,000 sq miles in area with a 500 mile (9059 sq km) long Luangwa River flowing through the park, it is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world! The park is home to over 400 bird species and 60 different animal species. On arrival, we settle into our accommodation and enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore or partake in an optional activity.
Day 11. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.After a relaxing morning, we board our open safari vehicle this afternoon for a game drive with a local ranger along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area. Your tour includes one guided game drive during our stay. Additional walks and drives can be booked on arrival.
Day 12. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border into Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’, covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. Our first stop on the lake is at Kande Beach where we will spend the next two nights. Visit a village and interact with the locals and join in on the many fun optional activities including fresh water scuba diving, snorkelling and horse riding.
Day 13. Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the many optional activities, meet the local people of Malawi, generally known as among the friendliest in Africa or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi.
Day 14. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Moving on, we travel through dense rubber plantation forests flourishing in this mountainous country to Malawi's third largest town Mzuzu. We stop for supplies at the local markets before heading to the Northern shores of the Lake and our accommodation at Chitimba Camp. Time here is at your own pace. Meet the locals as they tend to their day to day fishing duties, laze on the beach, shop at the local wooden markets and explore the area.
Day 15. Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Today you can relax on the beach, visit the local village or take on the full day trip to Machewe Falls, where after an 11km hike you can cool off in a natural pools.The views from here are impressive and well worth the effort of the hike.
Day 16. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.Saying our farewells to the lake, we journey north crossing the border into Tanzania. Travelling on, we ascend the mountainous Southern Highlands to the Kisolanza Farmhouse. Rising at an altitude of 1600m, this sustainable farm provides organic meat and vegetables to the local markets and has been home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years.
Day 17. Iringa to Mikumi National Park area Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.We travel east on this day towards Mikumi National Park. Home to plentiful wildlife such as Lion, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard. Upon reaching the accommodation you may have time for an afternoon optional game drive or simply relax at the lodges swimming pool and restaurant/bar before enjoying an open-air fire to end the day.
Day 19. Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.Exotic Zanzibar invokes images of palm fringed beaches, Arabic architecture, spices, winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here and more.
Day 20-22. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.This morning we transfer to the northern beaches via quaint villages and lush spice plantations and if you wish, participate on an optional guided tour of the spice plantations and sample some of the local produce and teas.
Day 23. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamRetracing our footsteps back to Stone Town, we have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our accommodation on the coast where our tour ends.
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.
An informal and secure thatched resort set on a golden stretch of beach on the south coast of Dar es Salaam and reached by ferry from the city centre. The relaxed restaurant is well-known for its seafood, and has tables set in the sand and hammocks strung up in the palm trees. Rooms – single, twin, double or family share bandas, some en suite, camping. Facilities – restaurant and bar. The Indian Ocean here is ideal for swimming.
* 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 Johannesburg 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 array of activities that are available in and around the city. 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 Dar es Salaam 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.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (22 nights) some accommodation may have a bar or swimming pool.
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, 4 x 4 safari vehicles 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.
22 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 15 Dinners
22 nights twin share accommodation
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.