South Africa to Kenya (62 Days)

Tour Code 21SAK62. Adventure Camping Tours
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Group Size: Average 16, Maximum 24. Age Group: 18+

An epic wildlife, culture and beach adventure though Southern and Eastern Africa

Submerse yourself in this amazing adventure camping tour through 9 African countries. Along the way, traverse the mountains of Lesotho and visit the culture of Swaziland. Game drive in Southern and Eastern Africa's most famous national parks - Kruger, Etosha, Chobe, South Luangwa and the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Visit the giant sand dunes of Namibia, relax in a mokoro in the Okavango Delta, laze on the beaches of Zanzibar, and gaze upon the thundering Victoria Falls. This tour will leave you with unforgettable memories of Africa.

This tour is also available as an accommodated trip - ask Acacia for more info.

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Day 1. Pretoria to Hazyview Highlights. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa.

Departing from South Africa’s administrative capital Pretoria, we drive across the scenic Mpumalanga province pausing at the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world, before arriving at our camp in Hazyview. After settling in, explore the grounds of the lodge with its dense gardens or simply relax at the bar with a refreshing drink.

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

At 24, 0000 sq. km, the Kruger National Park is South Africa’s premier National Park. Home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to understand why it is held in such high esteem amongst wildlife lovers from all over the world. We avoid the hot midday sun and enjoy the peacefulness the rest camp has to offer. After our break we head out again in search of the interesting animals and then return to our accommodation to overnight.

Day 3. Kruger National Park

Rising early, we re-enter the park for our second days' game driving. With our eagle-eyed guide at the wheel we wind around the network of roads in the search of the animals we may have missed the day before. Kruger has over two million hectares of unrivalled diversity of ecosystems boasting an incredible concentration of wildlife and we hope to encounter some of these including the ‘Big 5’ - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo. We return to our camp during the late afternoon.

Day 4. Hazyview to Mlilwane, Swaziland Highlights. Swaziland (Eswatini).

We head off in the early morning along the Kruger parks' edge through Shangaan settlements, crossing the Crocodile Bridge to Swaziland, a landlocked country within South Africa. We traverse through rolling mountains to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the Ezulwini Valley. Home to several animal species including hippo, crocodile, zebra, blue wildebeest, kudu, nyala, impala, warthog, grey duiker and mongoose. We enjoy our time at leisure to explore the grounds on the many optional activities available.

*Swaziland changed its name back to the traditional eSwatini in 2018

Day 5. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Highlights. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland (Eswatini). Swaziland (Eswatini) Cultural Village, Ezulwini Valley.

Visit Mlilwane's neighbouring Chief's Village today for an informative culture experience. Hosted by a vibrant and interesting Chief, try your hand at plaiting ‘Lutindzi’ grass or grinding maize, giving you insight to the way of life in rural Swaziland. This afternoon is free for those who wish to try some of the activities offered in the sanctuary - horseback trails, game drives, mountain-bike riding, guided walks, or just to enjoy some time out around the pool.

Day 6. Mlilwane to St Lucia, South Africa Highlights. St Lucia River Cruise, South Africa.

Crossing the border, we re-enter South Africa and make our way to St Lucia, the gateway the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The parks' centrepiece is the vast St. Lucia Estuary, home to large numbers of hippos, buffalo, elephant, crocodiles, loggerhead turtles, pelicans and flamingos which we search for on an afternoon cruise on the nearby Lagoon. We return to our camp to overnight

Day 7. St Lucia to Durban

This morning, explore the town of St Lucia with its quaint shops and vibrant restaurants before boarding our adventure vehicle mid-morning to Durban, famed for its golden beaches and sub-tropical climate. After settling into our accommodation for the evening, the rest of the late afternoon is at leisure. From trendy cafes and fun-filled leisure activities to an intriguing cultural heritage and gateway shopping opportunities, Durban has something for everyone.

Day 8. Durban Highlights. Durban City .

We have a day in Durban to explore this magnificent city. Experience the iconic Golden Mile, cultural markets and historic tours. The beach borders Durban city Centre from the Blue Lagoon. Here you'll get a taste of Durban's charm, from Blue Flag beaches dotted with sand sculptures, colourful rickshaws, waterparks and restaurants offering a variety of dishes including the Bunny Chow – Durban’s famed dish. Nothing beats a walk on the promenade to soak up the warm Indian breeze and the Durban sunshine.

Day 9. Durban to Underberg Area

Leaving the bustling city behind, we travel through lush mountainous countryside to our camp for the next two nights at Underberg, bordering the southern uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. This afternoon we soak up the beautiful scenery whilst sipping a sundowner on the wooden deck overlooking the spectacular mountain range that forms the border to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

Day 10. Sani Pass Highlights. Sani Pass Excursion.

Rising early, we are greeted by our guides who will be taking us on our Sani Pass excursion today. Boarding our open 4x4 vehicles we travel the steep slopes of the Drakensberg Mountain taking in the fresh crisp air and the extraordinary views. We stop off at a shepherd’s village to experience the day to day life of a Basotho people before ascending the Black Mountains, the second highest road pass in Lesotho. It’s here we have a picnic lunch, drive to the highest pub for a beverage before zig-zagging our way back down to our camp for the evening.

Day 11. Underberg to Northern Drakensberg via Battlefields Highlights. Battlefields, South Africa.

Travelling north we make our way around the foot of the impressive Drakensberg and take in some history of the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. These rolling hills hold a deep-seated silence that speaks to the many lives lost here through the Anglo Boer war. Set across a vast area, we visit the southern site of the Battlefields.

We retire to our bush lodge in the late afternoon where we suggest an early night in preparation for a day of hiking tomorrow.

Day 12. Drakensberg Highlights. Royal Natal National Park, South Africa.

Daypacks ready, we take a short drive to the gates of the Royal Natal National Park. This leading reserve offers scenic views, dramatic waterfalls and lofty mountains which we explore by foot or horseback (optional). A visit to the Amphitheatre is a must as the Tugela Falls, the second largest waterfalls in the world cascade down its sheer drop. Our camp tonight is set on a 300 hectare land near the foot of the Amphitheatre and the Cathedral Peak.

Day 13. Drakensberg to Malealea, Lesotho

Leaving the majestic Drakensberg Mountains behind we drive around the northern section of Lesotho and re-enter at the Maseru Bridge Gate and head south of the country to our camp in the Mafeteng District.

The Kingdom of Lesotho is dubbed the Mountain Kingdom and is the highest lying country in Africa. Owing to the terrain, the local pony's have become adept at transporting local goods across the rolling hills.

Day 14. Malealea Highlights. Malealea Activities.

Enjoy a free day to explore the beauty of the area by foot, bike, pony or join a village tour to meet the local Basotho people as they tend to their flocks in their local homesteads. Alternatively relax in the midst of this breath-taking place and simply take in the views and calm atmosphere.

Day 15. Malealea to Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa Highlights. Mountain Zebra NP.

Leaving the Lesotho highlands, we make our way to the Mountain Zebra National Park in the Cradock region. At 284km², this park is home to over 700 animals including eland, cape buffalo, cheetah, lion, caracal, black rhino and the fox of which we eagerly search for on our way to our camp inside the park. Most famous is the endangered Mountain Zebra that is endemic to the Cape region. Enjoy the views out over the plateau in search of the resident wildlife on this Karoo Safari.

Day 16. Mountain Zebra National Park to Addo to Port Elizabeth Highlights. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.

After game driving out of the Mountain Zebra National Park, we make our way to our next more well known reserve - the Addo Elephant National Park. This protected area is a sanctuary to over 600 elephants, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelopes – so you are sure to spot many animals during your time here! After an enjoyable day’s safari, we head to our camp located on the beachfront just outside the city of Port Elizabeth.

Day 17. Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park Highlights. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa.

Today, we make our way to the exciting Storms River at the Tsitsikamma National Park based on South Africa’s famed, Garden Route. A short drive from our camp & the National Park is the Bloukrans Bungee - the highest bungee jump in the world, at 216 m high. Leap if you dare!

We enter the Tsitsikamma National Park this afternoon to explore the forest, walkways and suspension bridges over the marine reserve. There are many optional activities to enjoy this afternoon in the area – birding, hikes and black water tubing. Our camp at Storms River Village is set in a tranquil area with lush forest and delicate Fynbos in the surrounds.

Day 18. Tsitsikamma National Park to Oudtshoorn Highlights. Cango Caves, South Africa.

After breakfast, we’re off to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo - famous for its ostriches. First, we visit the Cango Caves, South Africa's best show cave located in the Precambrian limestones ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains. We explore the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations on a guided tour.

After our tour, there is some free time to explore the town and the many attraction available.

Day 19. Oudtshoorn to Hermanus via Cape Agulhus Highlights. Cape Agulhas Light House, South Africa. Hermanus, South Africa.

We wake early and travel to the Cape Agulhas, the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, located at the southernmost tip of Africa. We visit the lighthouse built as early as 1848. This afternoon we continue on to Hermanus perhaps stopping off for some wine tasing enroute. Hermanus is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast and best known for the Southern Right Whales that can be seen during the colder months from the shore. We spend the night enjoying the town’s atmosphere, cool restaurants and local bars.

Day 20. Hermanus to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Winelands, South Africa.

Explore Hermanus this morning and partake in the many optional activities available in the area. Hermanus is well-known as a whale-watching destination where you can meet the world’s only Whale Crier as he alerts you to the whereabouts of the whales by blowing his kelp horn. A short walk along the coastal path will also take you to the Old Harbour Museum, a site encompassing the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. Once departing Hermanus, we visit a winery on the way to Cape Town to overnight. Tonight is free to explore the many sights of South Africa's mother city!

Day 21. Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.

Today is free for you to enjoy some of the activities the city has to offer. No group activities are arranged in Cape Town, this is time for you to spend at leisure taking in the sights and sounds of one of Africa’s most beautiful cities.

Several optional activities are typically available, all bookable at the hotel reception. Explore the Cape Peninsula and the Boulders Beach penguins, Muizenberg and Hout Bay, or spend the day in the city visiting Bo Kaap, Table Mountain and the historic sights and museums. Take a trip up Table Mountain, on the Ferry to historic Robben Island or walk the city to explore.

Day 22. Cape Town to Cederberg Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa.

We renew our overland journey, but before we leave the city, we tour the Cape Flats, one of Cape Town’s intriguing townships. Here we learn about the history and visit some of the local community projects in the area. After a traditional lunch, we head north through the Western Cape passing the fruit growing region of Citrusdal to our campsite for the evening overlooking the Cederberg Mountains. After setting up camp we have the option to sample some of the local wines of the region.

Day 23. Cederberg Area to Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia.

Moving on, we travel north into the arrid Northern Cape to the Namibian border. Our camp is based on the Namibian side of the Gariep (Orange) River and offers grassy campsites, swimming pool, bar facilities and the Orange River – time to cool off and take a swim. You will be briefed on an optional Orange River canoe safari for tomorrow morning should you wish to take a look at the stark scenic Richtersveld area.

Day 24. Orange River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.

This morning we enjoy an optional canoe on the River or simply enjoy the views from the riverbank. Thereafter, we continue north through the baron rocky landscapes to the Fish River Canyon area. After settling in, it's off to the canyon we go! At 161 km long, 550 metres deep and 27km at its widest point, this canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. Journey along the sheer edge of the canyon to marvel this majestic place.

Day 25. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia.

Waking early, we travel through Namibia’s most dramatic landscapes to the Namib Naukluft region with mountains dotted with Quiver trees – indigenous to Southern Africa. We continue on to the Sesriem area, the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park. At an area of 49,768 km2, this national park is larger than Switzerland and is the second largest park in Africa. Here we set up camp for the evening under the starry night.

Day 26. Sesriem Area to Khomas Region Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia.

Rising early, we drive into the park to see the Namib Desert and the world’s oldest dunes dating back to some 43 million years. We clamber up dune 45 to view the shifting colours over the sea of sand. This area is remarkably breath-taking.

After our climb, we head deeper into the desert and board an open 4x4 safari vehicle for a desert walk to Deadvlei – an area with dry pans forming massive white depressions between the red dunes pierced by the ancient Camelthorn trees. We pause at the Sesriem Canyon before spending the night at a desert camp just outside of Solitaire, the smallest town in Namibia.

Day 27. Sesriem Area to Khomas Region Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. The Tropic of Capricorn.

Waking to the stillness of this vast desert area, it’s time to get to the coastal town Swakopmund, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn en-route. Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the desert dunes, Swakopmund is also known as 'little Bavaria’ due to its quaint architecture and Germanic influences, and offers an array of optional activities. Our accommodation for the evening is a stones throw from the centre of town where you can explore in the late afternoon and evening.

Day 28. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.

Swakopmund and surrounds offers number exciting activities – quad biking and sandboarding together with skydiving and boat-based activities to enjoy on your free day. The town also offers many historical options – museums and monuments to view. Venture out to town and explore this unique place and sample some of its local cuisines.

Day 29. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.

Leaving the coast, we turn inland through flat desert terrain to the dramatic peaks of Spitzkoppe at 1728 meters high. We bush camp in this magical terrain under the African starry night tonight, but before settling in we scramble up some of the massive boulders to view the 2000-4000-year-old Bushman paintings found in this rock massiv.

Day 30. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park

Namibia is home to one of the most amazing national parks in the world – Etosha. Famous for its Gemsbok and access to floodlit watering holes from the camps, this park offers a unique, and rewarding game viewing experience. We enter the gates and game drive to our camp, located inside the park at either Okaukeujo, Halali or Namutoni. As the sunset darkens we begin to hear the sounds of the African bushveld at night with its whoops and wails, watching at the waterholes as the animals congregate after a long hot day out in this wilderness.

Day 31. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Etosha National Park, a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq. km surrounds a central salt depression or ‘pan.’ The pan is seasonally full of water, but specially managed waterholes sustain some 114 mammal and 340 bird species including the black rhino, elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs and the many antelope species. Keep your eyes peeled as we game drive in our Acacia vehicle in search of game on the plains on the morning and evening game drive. See if you can spot the regal looking Oryx - Namibia's national animal.

Day 32. Etosha National Park to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.

We’re off to the Capital today, Windhoek! Located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains Windhoek (Windy-corner in English) is home to approximately two hundred thousand people. Once we settle into camp, there’s an option to venture to the city to mingle with the locals and sample some of the local cuisine.

Day 33. Windhoek to Omaheke Region, Namibia Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Omaheke Region, Namibia.

Today we skirt the northern section of the Kalahari Desert and camp near the border in the Omaheke Region of Namibia. Home to a small San/Bushman community, we venture on foot to get a glimpse of how the San adapted to the Kalahari Desert, by gathering an astounding array of edible foods, medicinal roots, and other veld products. When nightfall hits, relax around the campfire and enjoy an optional evening of song and dance through ancient traditions.

Day 34. Omaheke Region, Namibia to Maun, Botswana Highlights. Maun, Botswana.

This morning we cross into Botswana and travel via Ghanzi to Maun. Maun is a small town on the Thamalakane River in Botswana and the gateway to the largest inland delta in the world – The Okavango Delta. If time allows, we will replenish our supplies in the town before heading to our camp situated 13km from the main centre. Set in the bushveld, this camp offers a relaxing stay. Swim in the pool, have a drink and enjoy the bushveld setting.

Day 35. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

This morning we board our transfer vehicle and head into the wilderness to the polers station on the edge of the Delta, to meet our local guides. Settling into our dugout canoe (Mokoro) we set off through the myriad of waterways, giant lily pads and swaying grasses to our tented camp for the evening. In the late afternoon we go on a nature walk to learn about the wilderness and how the local Batswana live in the area – very informative! Back at camp try your hand at poling the mokoro or swim in the cool and refreshing water. By evening we enjoy song and dance around the open fire to complete this magical experience.

Day 36. Okavango Delta to Maun

Rising early, we enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush before we board our mokoros and return to the polers station. Bidding farewell, we make our way back to Maun and our camp for the night.

This afternoon there is some free time to relax, or head off on an optional scenic flight over the Delta for a birds-eye view of this spectacular natural wilderness.

Day 37. Maun to Nata Highlights. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.

Our journey today takes us further East to the small settlement of Nata and Elephant Sands camp. The camp area is unfenced and is home to numerous species of wildlife that can be viewed while they visit the central waterhole.

Day 38. Nata to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Heading north, we make our way to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. This town is close to Africa's 'Four Corners', where four countries almost meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Our camp is situated on the river’s bank where hippos roam and crocodiles laze on the edge. In the late afternoon we board the famous African ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River – a great opportunity to see hippo and perhaps elephant or buffalo coming to the river to bathe and drink. The area is also home to an abundance of birdlife owing to the wetlands surrounding the Chobe River, and the drier Mopane woodland forests.

Day 39. Kasane to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.

After an early breakfast, we board our open 4x4 safari vehicles for a game drive into the Chobe National Park. By size, it is the third largest park in the country and is the most diverse; home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and abundant birdlife, including the famous African fish eagle. We game drive with an experienced local guide at the wheel in search for the game in the area. After our morning in the wild, we venture out of the park and cross the border to Zambia via the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. Once in Livingstone, we head to the mighty Victoria Falls themselves.

The Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa (after the Nile, Congo and Niger) and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, we visit Victoria Falls and try to take in the immensity of this UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 40 - 41. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.

Over the next two days, we have free time to explore the Victoria Falls/Livingstone area to the full. Activities include rafting, canoeing, cultural visits, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises.

Our camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi and is the perfect place to kick back and relax for a few days off the Acacia vehicle.

Day 42. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.

Leaving the majestic falls behind, we head north to the capital of Zambia, Lusaka. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government and home to one of the fastest growing populations in Africa. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm that has antelopes and zebras roaming.

Day 43. Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park

Our next stop is South Luangwa, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species in South Luangwa National Park that concentrate along the oxbow lagoons of the Luangwa River.

We travel through north-eastern Zambia for most of he day and on arrival, we set up camp and enjoy the wonderful views out over the Luangwa River bed. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife here as the park has no fences and elephant are often found roaming through the campsite.

Day 44. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park.

After a relaxing morning around the pool, we take an afternoon game drive with a local ranger as a guide. The river itself is the most intact and unaltered major river system in Africa and covers 9059 km2. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness. We game drive on the winding road systems along the river's edge to view the numerous animals in the park.

Famous for the high concentration of leapard in the dense woodland of the park, it is not uncommon to see more than one leopard on a night game drive. For those who wish to maximise their game drive time, an optional game drive or guided walk can be enjoyed this morning.

Day 45. South Luangwa to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.

We’re off to Malawi! Bidding farewell to Zambia we cross the border and make our way to Kande Beach. This magnificent camp is located on the water’s edge of the Lake Malawi, the jewel of the country. This freshwater lake is home to over 500 species of cichlids and is fringed by beaches of golden sand. Optional water sports, horse-riding and village walks are available those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming.

Day 46. Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.

Today is a day to relax. Why not put your feet up and enjoy Kande Beach and the surrounds at your leisure? Explore, swim, hike or opt for an optional activity.

The nearby village is a hive of activity and guided walks can be arranged by your guide. At sunset watch the fishermen as they head out with their canoes and lanterns in the evening lighting the lake with hundreds of pinpoints of light - a view to remember!

Day 47. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach.

Heading north we travel via the hub of Mzuzu and arrive to the northern beaches at Chitimba Beach where we spend our last two nights on the Lake. Chitimba camp is set on a beautiful golden sandy beach with views of the Nyika and Livingstonia mountains.

Our camp has a number of areas to kick back and relax - the perfect place to spend some time unwinding.

Day 48. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.

Waking to the sound of the lulling water hitting the lake shores, its time to have a relaxed day. Soak up the sun on the beach where the locals tend to their day to day fishing duties, read a book, shop at the curio markets or take a hike For the most adventurous, a full day hike to Manchewe Falls in the Livingstonia mountains is available as an optional activity.

Other activities include village walks and even learning to carve your own souvenir.

Day 49. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania

Leaving the lovely lake, we cross the border to Tanzania and drive the winding roads through the African bushveld to Iringa, overlooking the Ruaha River Valley, in the Southern Highlands. Close by is the Kisolanza Farm House. This old farmhouse is owned by the Ghau family for over 70 years and provides organic produce to the neighbouring areas. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the surrounds at our camp for the night.

Day 50. Iringa, Tanzania to Mikumi National Park area Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.

We continue east across Tanzania and today we pass into the Baobab Valley en-route to the Mikumi National Park. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park gates in the town of Mikumi. The grasslands of Mikumi support large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and impala. Giraffe, elephant, lion and spotted hyena are also present - Mikumi NP is Tanzania's fourth largest National Park and forms the northern end of the great Selous Game Reserve. This afternoon opt for an optional game drive or simply relax in the tranquil settings of the campsite.

Day 51. Iringa to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

We leave Mikumi and drive through the park - keep your eyes peeled for the resident wildlife along the roadside. Nestled alongside a natural harbour on the Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam, deemed ‘House of Peace’ in Arabic, is the political and financial hub of Tanzania. It is a melting pot of African, Asian and European influences, attracting visitors to its historical architectural landmarks and shimmering beaches. Our camp is located on the white sandy beaches to the south of the bustling city where we prepare for our 4 day stay on Zanzibar.

Day 52. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Packed and ready, we board a fast ferry to the island of Zanzibar. The capital is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab palaces. You can spend many idle hours wandering through the fascinating labyrinth alleyway streets bustling with incredible markets. We typically spend 1 night in Stone Town to explore this historical town before transferring to the northern beaches or this could be in reverse – last day.

Day 53-55. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.

A transfer will take us to the northern beaches via the spice plantations (optional spice tour available). It’s here we unwind on the white-sandy beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze; making it a fabulous place to explore, an ideal time to relax.

Optional activities include scuba diving, a visit to the turtle sanctuary & research centre, and dhow snorkelling trips.

Day 56. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

It’s time to say goodbye to the beaches and lazed island lifestyle. A transfer will be ready for our journey back to the ferry terminal. We take the fast ferry to the mainland and to our camp for the night. Set on a white palm-fringed beach, we spend our last night wading in the warm azure waters soaking up the beauty of the Indian Ocean.

Day 57. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Dar es Salaam, we head north to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Mount Kilimanjaro. If the weather is clear en-route we may gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m).

Day 58. Marangu to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Culture Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania.

Today we travel via Moshi to Arusha – halfway point from Cairo to Cape Town and the ‘Safari’ Capital’ of Tanzania. After a brief stop in the city to stock up on provisions, we head out to our camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains. This afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the local Masai villages, a local school and clinic, a small but highly interesting Masai museum and the snake enclosures at he Meserani Snake Park.

Day 59. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

Ready and packed, we board 4x4 safari vehicles for our 2 night/ 3-day Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater excursion. We drive through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and up a section of the rift valley and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. After checking in to the UNESCO site, we continue to the Serengeti plains, taking in breath-taking views over the crater's rim.

The Maasai call the plains of the Serengeti National Park "the place where the land moves on forever" and you will see why when you get there. The park is renonwed worldwide for its abundance of wildlife including the annual migration where over 2 million hooved individuals migrate to the greener pastures. We game drive with our cameras at hand to our open bushcamp for the evening located in the centre of the park.

Day 60. Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

Rising early, we game drive through the Serengeti and ascend the outer walls of the Ngorongoro Crater taking in the spectacular views of the Serengeti plains. At 326 square kilometres in the area, the Ngorongoro Crater is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our campsite is situated on the rim of the crater where we marvel its beauty from above.

Day 61. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.

Home to the ‘Big 5’ -lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, the Ngorongoro Crater has the highest density of big game in Africa. We wake early to descend the steep crater walls for a morning game drive. All the major mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). We spend the morning marvelling at the views across the different scenes - grasslands, wetlands and woodlands!

After our game drive, we slowly make our way back up the steep crater road and retrace our steps to Arusha and our campsite at the Meserani Snake Park where we overnight.

Day 62. Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya

On our last day we make our way north passing Mount Meru on the outskirts of Arusha before we cross the border to Kenya. As we near Kenya's Capital city we'll see more traffic, towns and settlements and make our way to the bustling city of Nairobi where the tour ends in the late afternoon.

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

This tour departs Pretoria 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 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.

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 Okavango Delta we use twin share pre-erected tents with basic en-suite facilities. In the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater there are basic facilities. On Zanzibar and in Durban we use basic tourist class local hotels. In Cape Town and Swakopmund we use dorm rooms with shared facilities.

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, mokoro (dugout canoe), river boat, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.

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 Acacia 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.

61 Breakfasts, 45 Lunches, 45 Dinners

47 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 5 nights dorm, 1 night tented camp, 6 nights tourist class hotel, 2 nights huts with shared facilities

Fully equipped 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:
Panorama Route
2 days, Kruger NP, Game Drives *
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Enclosure/ Swaziland Village
St Lucia Boat Cruise *
Sani Pass Excursion *
Royal Natal National Park
Drakensberg Mountains
Mountain Zebra National Park Game Drive
Addo Elephant NP, Game Drives
Garden Route
Cango Caves, Visit*
Cape Agulhas
Wine Tasting
Cape Town Township Tour*
Sesriem Canyon
Sossusvlei Shuttle & Guided Walk*
Dune 45
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Etosha NP, Game Drives
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
Chobe NP, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise*
Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
South Luangwa NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & 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
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
Lunch and dinners in Durban, Cape Town, Swakopmund, Livingstone and Zanzibar and Dinner in Windhoek
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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.

1650 USD or 1650 USD (If prepaid)

This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.

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