South Africa to Kenya (Accommodated)

Tour Code 19SAK62A. Accommodated Overland
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: 24

Travel on this amazing wildlife, culture and beach adventure through 9 African countries

This epic 62-day budget accommodated adventure tour highlights the best of southern and eastern Africa. From picturesque beaches to rolling savanna filled with grazing animals and prowling predators; to fascinating local culture. Explore the best highlights of 9 countries - a holiday you will never forget!

This tour is also available as a camping trip - ask Acacia for more info

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

On our first day, we depart Pretoria and drive across the scenic Mpumalanga province to the Blyde River Canyon where we marvel at the views over the escarpments. After our Panorama Route stop, we head to our accommodation for the evening at a stunning lodge in Hazyview. After settling in, explore the grounds of the lodge with its dense tropical gardens, great bar area to relax or take a dip in the crystal -clear pool.

Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

Rising early, we board open 4x4 safari vehicles with our local guide at the wheel for our first day’s game drive in South Africa’s Premier National Park - Kruger. At 24000 sq. km, this park boasts an incredible concentration of wildlife and we hope to encounter some of these including the ‘Big 5’ - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo.

We venture through the park's winding roads and explore in search of the resident wildlife, taking a break in the hotter hours of the afternoon at one of the rest camps. We continue game driving in the afternoon and return to our camp during the late afternoon.

Day 3. Kruger National Park Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

This morning we re-enter the national park for our second day of game driving. Home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles which we enthusiastically search for with our eagle-eyed resident guide at the wheel. 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 of one of Kruger’s rest camps before returning to Hazyview and our accommodation for the night.

Day 4. Hazyview to Mlilwane, Swaziland Highlights. Swaziland. Accommodation. Mlilwane.

Today, we travel through rural Shangaan settlements, crossing the crocodile river to Swaziland. After completing formalities, we traverse the stunning mountains to Ezulwini Valley to where the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is located. We spend two nights here in traditional beehive huts and explore the area with its exceptional wildlife including zebra, wildebeest, kudu, warthog, hippo and crocodile.

Day 5. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Highlights. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland. Accommodation. Mlilwane.

This morning we drive a short distance from the park to visit a neighbouring Chief's Village for an informative cultural experience. The tour allows us an insight into the way of life in rural Swaziland.

The afternoon is free to enjoy our time at leisure and explore the grounds on the many optional activities available - horseback trails, game drives, mountain-bike riding and guided walks.

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

We bid farewell to Swaziland and re-enter South Africa and make our way to St Lucia, the gateway the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to large populations of hippos, buffalo, elephant, crocodiles, loggerhead turtles and flamingos. We join a cruise on the St Lucia lagoon to seek out some of these. We return to our camp to overnight in this quaint beach village.

Day 7. St Lucia to Durban Highlights. Durban City . Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

This morning we have some free time to explore the town of St Lucia with its vibrant shops and stunning cafés before we head to our next stop Umhlanga, situated to the north of the port city of Durban. It’s here we have the opportunity to explore the famed golden beaches, trendy cafes and fun-filled leisure activities, as well as intriguing cultural heritage and amazing shopping opportunities.

Day 8. Durban Highlights. Durban City . Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

It’s a free day in Durban to explore this magnificent city. Walk on the promenade of the Golden Mile - a four-mile-long beach bordering Durban city Centre from the Blue Lagoon. 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, Africa’s biggest marine theme park and for the more adventurous, why not take a leap from the 'big swing' at the Moses Mabhida stadium which offers 360 degrees views of Durban.

Day 9. Durban to Underberg Area Accommodation. Sani Lodge.

We rise early and leave the city behind to travel through lush mountainous countryside to our camp for the next two nights at Underberg, bordering the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. This afternoon we soak up the mountain scenery of the great Drakensberg.

Day 10. Sani Pass Highlights. Sani Pass Excursion. Accommodation. Sani Lodge.

Today we are met by local guides and board 4x4 vehicles for our Sani Pass excursion. We traverse the steep slopes of the Drakensberg Mountain taking in the fresh crisp air and the extraordinary views. Along the way we visit a living Basotho village, where our guide will share stories on Lesotho and its people - the hardy mountainous Basotho folk. We pause for lunch and later continue to the highest pub in South Africa. We enjoy a beverage with a view before retracing our steps back to our accommodation for the evening.

Day 11. Underberg to Northern Drakensberg via Battlefields Highlights. Battlefields - South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

Travelling north along the base of the Drakensberg, we take in some history of the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. Soaked with the blood of Zulu, Boer and British soldiers, these battlefields hold a deep-seated silence that speaks to the many lives lost here through the wars.

Late in the afternoon we reach our camp in the northern Drakensberg where we spend then next 2 nights.

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

A short drive this morning takes us to the Royal Natal National Park, a leading reserve offering scenic views, mountainous terrain and dramatic waterfalls which we explore by foot or horseback (optional) today. A visit to the Amphitheatre is a must, as are the Tugela Falls, the second highest waterfalls in the world. Marvel at the breathtaking views, fresh mountain air and the beauty that is the Drakensberg.

After a day hiking and exploring we make our way to our accommodation.

Day 13. Drakensberg to Malealea, Lesotho Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.

After an early breakfast, we pack up and drive around the northern section of Lesotho and re-enter at the Maseru Bridge Gate. After formalities, we travel south through lush mountainous countryside to Malealea Lodge in the Mafeteng District. Set in vast rolling hills, this amazing place offers plenty of optional activities that you can enjoy – pony trekking, village walks, hikes, waterfalls and more.

Day 14. Malealea Highlights. Malealea Activities. Accommodation. Malealea Lodge.

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the beauty of the area by foot, bike, pony or village tour to meet the local Basotho people as they tend to their flocks in their local homesteads.

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

Waving goodbye to the Lesotho highlands, we re-enter South Africa and make our way to Mountain Zebra National park. The craggy heights of the Bankberg mountains embrace the rolling plains and deep valleys and have become an entrancing preserve for the Cape mountain zebra. It is also home to over 700 animals including eland, cape buffalo, cheetah, lion, caracal and black rhino which we eagerly search for in our truck on the way to our accommodation for the night.

Day 16. Mountain Zebra National Park to Addo to Port Elizabeth Highlights. Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Willow's Resort, Port Elizabeth.

Waking to the grunts of the wild animals, we pack up and game drive through the park to the gates. Our next stop is Addo Elephant National park – a sanctuary to over 600 elephants, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelopes. We game drive in this national park spotting the diversity of animals inhabiting the road’s edge. After an enjoyable safari, we head to our camp on the beachfront just outside of Port Elizabeth.

Day 17. Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park Highlights. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Tube 'n Axe Lodge, Storms River.

Rising to the crisp sea air, we make our way today to Storms River near the Tsitsikamma National park. Storms River village is set in the heart of the Tsitsikamma area surrounded by forest and fynbos. We head to the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park to enjoy a short hike, or walk the pathways to the suspension bridges over the Storms River mouth. Enjoy the majestic scenery of this marine & forest National park.

There are many optional activities to enjoy this afternoon in the area – birding, hikes and black water tubing. There is also the famed Bloukrans Bridge home to the highest Bungee jump in the world – 216m high. Jump if you dare!

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

After breakfast, we make our way to Oudtshoorn, an old settlers’ town in the Karoo. Nearby we visit the Cango Caves – the only show cave system in Africa located in the well-known Swartberg Mountains. We explore the dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations on a guided tour. After exploring this magnificent cave system, we return to Oudtshoorn to explore the town and to relax at our accommodation for the evening.

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

From the dry Karoo, we’re off to explore the coastal town of Hermanus. On route, we stop off at Cape Agulhus, the southernmost tip of Africa where the two oceans meet – Atlantic and the Indian. Visit the lighthouse built as early as 1848 before we travel the coast to Hermanus. This afternoon is spent exploring Hermanus, a haven for the outdoor enthusiast and famous for its whale watching in the seasonal months! We spend the night enjoying the town’s atmosphere, cool restaurants and local bars that dot the ocean’s dramatic rugged cliff line.

Day 20. Hermanus to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Winelands, South Africa. Hermanus, South Africa. Accommodation. Ashanti Lodge, Gardens, Cape Town.

A free morning to explore this wondrous town or opt for an optional activity available in the area. A short walk will also take you to the Old Harbour Museum, a site encompassing the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. Leaving Hermanus before lunch we follow the rough coastal route taking a leisurely drive through small fishing towns. We visit a winery en route to Cape Town where we enjoy wine tasting. We spend the night at a lodge at the base of the famed – Table Mountain.

Day 21. Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa. Accommodation. Ashanti Lodge, Gardens, Cape Town.

Explore the many sights of South Africa’s mother city. Several optional activities are available, all bookable at the hotel reception. Explore the Cape Peninsula and the Boulders Beach penguins, Muizenberg; the famed beaches of Camps Bay, or spend the day in the city visiting the colourful Cape Malay area of Bo Kaap, the vibrant Green Market Square and venture up Table Mountain.

Day 22. Cape Town to Cederberg Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.

This morning we re-join the overland truck and before we leave the Mother city, we join a township tour of the Cape Flats, one of Cape Town’s intriguing townships. We visit some of the local community projects in the area. The ‘townships’ illustrate both South Africa’s tumultuous history and its hope for the future. After a traditional lunch, we meet up with our overland truck and venture north through the fruit growing region of Citrusdal to our accommodation alongside the Olifants River overlooking the Cederberg Mountains. This afternoon we join an option wine tasting at the camp to sample some of the fine wines of the region.

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

Continuing north, we travel to the Namibian border crossing at Vioolsdrift. Our accommodation is a short distance from the border set in a tranquil setting alongside the Orange (Gariep) Rivers edge. Relax by the pool with the river and mountains as a backdrop. The camp by night is showered with stars – a truly peaceful and serene experience.

Day 24. Orange River to Fish River Canyon, Namibia Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.

This morning we enjoy the optional canoe trip to explore the stark beauty of the Richtersveld by day. We leave before lunch and drive through moon landscapes dotted with quiver trees to the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Once we've settled into our accommodation, we enter the park to marvel at the sheer size of the Canyon. At 161 km long, 27km wide and 550-metre-deep, this canyon offers remarkable photo opportunities.

Day 25. Fish River Canyon to Sesriem Area Highlights. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft .

Continuing further north through spectacular desert scenes, rugged rocky mountains and unique vegetation, we arrive near Sesriem, 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.

We spend the night at a charming lodge in the Naukluft region and enjoy the view of the surrounding wilderness.

Day 26. Sesriem Area to Khomas Region Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region.

Rising early, we enter the Namib Naukluft National Park, home to some of the world’s oldest dunes dating back to some 43 million years. We have the opportunity to climb up dune 45, at just over 100 metres high, to view the shifting colours over the sea of sand for one of the most awesome views.

After our climb, we head deeper into the desert and board an open 4x4 shuttle for a desert walk to Deadvlei – an area that was once a wetland. Today all that is left to see is the shallow pan and the remnants of ancient fossilised trees. We visit the interesting conglomerate Sesriem Canyon shaped by the Tsauchab River before spending the night under canvas at a desert camp, just outside of a small town of Solitaire.

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

Waking to the stillness of the desert air, it’s time to get to the coastal town of Swakopmund, pausing at the crossing the Tropic of Capricorn en-route for a photo opportunity.

The charming town of Swakop is also known as ‘little Bavaria’ due to its quaint architecture and Germanic influences. Enjoy your time here to explore the town or opt for an optional activity. Swakopmund offers sandboarding, quad biking, skydiving, deep sea fishing and scenic flights to name but a few. Our accommodation is conveniently located near the centre of town allowing you the freedom to explore.

Day 28. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.

Today is a free day to enjoy the many optional activities available. Swakopmund also offers many historical options – museums and monuments to view. Take a walk down the beach promenade to the historic light house or enjoy a delicous delicacy in one of the local bakeries. Do as much, or as little as you please during your day off the truck in this lovely town.

Day 29. Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.

Leaving the Atlantic Ocean, we turn inland through barren flat landscapes to the majestic Spitzkoppe. Rising 1,728 metres above sea level the granite boulders date back to more than 120 million years ago and this remarkable rock formation is home to over 2000-year-old San Bushman paintings.

We settle in and then take a walk to view the paintings and our surrounds. Tonight we bush camp under the billions of stars that light up the night sky.

Day 30. Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

We leave the impressive Spitzkoppe and head north to Namibia’s famed national park - Etosha. At over 20,000 sq. km, the Park surrounds a central salt depression or ‘pan’ and is famous for its floodlit waterholes at the overnight camps. This park offers a unique, and rewarding game viewing experience.

We enter the gates and game drive to our camp within the park. After a delicious dinner, enjoy an evening at the floodlit waterhole to watch as the animals come in to drink after a long, hot day in the wild. Elephant, antelope and even rhino are frequently seen - and for those who are patient, perhaps even lion or leopard.

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

Today we enjoy a full day of game driving in Etosha. The pan is seasonally full of water, and 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 overland truck in search for the abundance of game on these plains and waterholes. Seek out the majestic Oryx - Namibia's national animal, the quirky Springbok as they prance away from predators and the 'ghosts of Etosha' - the mighty elephants that appear white from the light coloured mud in the pans.

Day 32. Etosha National Park to Windhoek Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.

We’re off to the largest city and capital of Namibia, Windhoek! Located 1700 meters above sea level and laying in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains, Windhoek is home to approximately two hundred thousand people. We make our way to our accommodation fringing the city’s edge. Once we settle in, head to the city for an evening out exploring the unique bars and restaurants.

Day 33. Windhoek to Ghanzi, Botswana Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana. Accommodation. Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi.

It’s time to leave Namibia! We travel the northern reaches of the Kalahari Desert to Ghanzi. This afternoon we accompany a small group of San Bushman, and with our guide, venture on foot to get a glimpse of how the Bushman have adapted to the harsh environment of the Kalahari Desert. We watch as they gather edible foods and medicinal roots, and how they set traps or hunted with nothing more than a rustic bow and arrow.

At sunset, we have the option to join an evening around the fire to witness the ancient dancing rituals of the San people, some of which date up to 20,000 years ago.

Day 34. Ghanzi to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

Travelling further east we make our way to Maun, a town on the Thamalakane River with an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts. There are shopping malls, banks, restaurants and a few lodges dotting the town’s centre with a sprawling perimeter of local homes and rondavel huts. Maun is the safari capital of Botswana, the administrative centre of Ngamiland, the third largest city in Botswana and the gateway to the Okavango Delta.

Our accommodation lies in the vast open spaces 13 km outside the city’s centre. Time to put your feet up, take a swim in the pool, have a beverage at the bar or opt for an optional activity. We spend the evening preparing for our overnight adventure to the wilderness of the Okavango Delta.

Day 35. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.

Rising early, we board an open 4x4 transfer vehicle and travel the sandy roads through a mopane belt to the polers station at the waters edge. We are met with the locals and board our mokoros – local dugout canoes that are best to navigate the shallow winding water channels into the wild.

We traverse the myriad of waterways through long grasses that sway in the wind, to our tented camp for the evening. Keep your eyes peeled for the resident wildlife drinking from the edges of the island. In the afternoon we take a nature walk to explore the surrounding area and hope to see some animals, as well as learn about the Delta ecosystem. After our walk we settle into the camp for the night where our local guides may share some of their stories, songs and dances around the campfire.

Day 36. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

After a night in the open wilderness we wake to the sounds of nature. We pack up our bags and board the mokoros once again and retrace our steps to the polers station. We bid farewell to our guides and take the transfer back to Maun and our accommodation for the last evening in this area. The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure. Why not take a scenic flight over the Delta itself?

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

We continue our journey into Botswana and today takes us to Nata via the wildlife corridor between the Nxai and the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Our camp at Elephant Sands is an unfenced private conservation area and is home to numerous species of wildlife that can be viewed from the central waterhole that surrounds our accommodation. Enjoy the evening at leisure in the wilderness haven.

Day 38. Nata to Kasane Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.

Today, we head north to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park that is close to Africa's 'Four Corners' where four countries meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

After a supply stop in the town, we head for our camp alongside the river’s edge. In the late afternoon we board the African ‘Fish Eagle’ cruise on the Chobe River to drift along this magnificent river whilst viewing the abundance of animals congregating along the water’s edge.

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

This morning we rise early and board open 4x4 safari vehicles with a local guide at the wheel and head into the Chobe National Park for a game drive. By size, it is the third largest park in the country at 11,000 sq.km, and is the most diverse. Chobe is home to elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, reptiles and abundant birdlife, including the African fish eagle and lilac breasted roller.

We venture out of the park and cross the border to Zambia. We arrive at our accommodation on the banks of the Zambezi River – the fourth longest in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean. The Zambezi River plummets over a rock ridge forming the famed Victoria Falls - the worlds largest waterfall by volume.

We visit the falls on the Zambian side and have the opportunity to see these and admire the beauty of Mosi oa Tunya - the 'Smoke that thunders' - as it is called in the local language.

Day 40 - 41. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.

The next two days we have free time to explore the Livingstone area to the fullest. The various optional activities available are rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights cultural village visits, and river cruises, just to name a few.

Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned check out the markets, volunteer for a day, visit the museum, or simply relax at the beautiful waterfront and watch the Zambezi flow from the restaurant deck.

Day 42. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.

Refreshed and revitalized from our few days in the falls area, we board our overland truck and head north to Lusaka, the capital and commercial hub of Zambia and one of the fastest growing cities in central Africa. Our accommodation is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm outside the city centre that has wildebeest, impala and zebras roaming the camp.

Day 43. Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

Today we head to South Luangwa National Park, the highlight of eastern Zambia. This impressive park covers an area of about 9050 square kilometres of the Luangwa Valley floor and lies from 500 meters to 800 meters above sea level. Home to 400 bird and 60 mammal species, this park is famous for its large herds of elephants, buffalo, hippo, lion, wild dog and the large populations of the elusive leopard.

We arrive in the late afternoon to our accommodation on edge of the South Luangwa River bank where the animals roam freely (and may do so through the camp).

Day 44. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

Waking to the sounds of the wilderness, we have time to enjoy a morning relaxing in this picturesque setting or head out onto an optional game walk or drive.

In the early afternoon, we board our open 4 x 4 safari vehicle with a resident guide at the wheel and venture into the South Luangwa National Park for a game drive. The lush landscapes and winding rivers support one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa which we eagerly spot on this safari. In the early evening we hope to spot some leopard as these nocturnal cats come out to hunt.

We return to our camp in the early evening and enjoy a dinner regaling the stories of our game drive adventure.

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

Leaving Zambia, we cross the border into Malawi, formerly known as Nyasaland. This beautiful country is well-known for its friendly people, lush vegetation and the extraordinary Lake Malawi, the third largest freshwater lake in Africa with over 500 species of cichlids (freshwater fish).

On the shores of the lake lies Kande Beach, a lovely camp with remarkable views across the beach and onto the Lake. It is here we spend the next two nights lapping up the beautiful surroundings. Swim, snorkel, relax in a hammock or partake on an optional activity during our stay here.

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

Waking to the sound of the water lapping the shores, today is a free day to explore this charming area. There is the opportunity to meet the local people of a village on a cultural walk to gain insight into their way of life, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside craft market. The local stable offers horse rides through the villages and along the beach giving a unique view of the Kande area. Alternatively spend the day relaxing on the beach with the sand between your toes.

The camp offers a wonderful restaurant and a bar area with comfy lazing chairs for those that are keen to read a good book and sip an icy cold drink.

Day 46. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.

From one beach to another! We drive through the rolling hills, past rubber plantation and a small town of Mzuzi to Chitimba Camp, set on a beautiful golden sandy beach among banana palms and papaya trees. Its here your time is at leisure to enjoy a game of beach volleyball, shop at the curio markets or relax in the various lounge areas at this beach-side camp.

Day 47. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.

Our last day on the lake is at leisure to soak up the sun on the beach, shop at the curio markets or take a hike to the impressive Manchewe Falls near the Livingstonia mission as it thunders 125m into the valley below. The hike is quite strenuous over 16km and those who partake are rewarded with wonderful views over the lake and surrounding countryside.

Day 48. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.

Bidding farewell to Malawi, we cross the border to Tanzania and drive through rolling hills dotted with tea and banana plantations to Iringa, a town overlooking the Ruaha River Valley. Close by is the lovely and rustic Kizalonza farmhouse, owned by the Ghaui family for over 70 years. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m ensuring a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas of the Southern Highlands. We overnight here in the charming accommodation provided on the farm.

Day 49. Iringa, Tanzania to Mikumi National Park area Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.

Continueing on through Tanzania we travel down the lush mountainous Southern highlands to the drier Baobab Valley. Our accommodation for the evening is located a short distance from the Mikumi National Park gates.

Mikumi is Tanzania’s 4th largest park at 3230 sq. km and home to the ‘Big Five’ (cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino). Hippo pools provide close access to these mud-loving beasts, and bird-watching along the waterways is particularly rewarding. If time allows this afternoon, enjoy an optional game drive to explore this magnificent park.

Day 50. Iringa to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.

We’re off to the Indian Ocean today and the bustling port city of Dar es Salaam. Our route runs through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot some wildlife roaming alongside the road.

Dar es Salaam means ‘House of Peace’ in Arabic, and is the commercial hub of Tanzania, and the gateway to the exotic Zanzibar Archipelago. With its African, Asian and European influences, this city attracts visitors to its historical architectural landmarks and city markets. Just south of the city centre located on the stunning beaches fringing the Indian Ocean is our accommodation. It’s here we unwind, breathe in the fresh ocean air and prepare for our 4 day stay on Zanzibar.

Day 51. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.

Packed and ready, we board a fast ferry to the island of Zanzibar arriving to the port at Stone Town. The capital is Stone Town which was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone. Today, this city has winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques, a fort and grand Arab palaces to explore.

We typically spend 1 night in Stone Town to explore this historical town and sample the local cuisine at the markets before transferring to the northern beaches.

Day 52 - 55. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.

This morning we take a transfer to the northern beaches via with an option to stop en route at the spice plantations. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the spices and fruit locally grown in the area on guided tour.

Our accommodation for the next two nights is located on the beautiful pearl-white beaches and azure waters of Kendwa, the most idyllic tropical destination. Optional activities here include scuba diving and dhow snorkelling trips, a visit to the local aquarium, or simply relax at the resort’s beachside restaurant in a hammock with a sundowner.

Day 56. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.

Waving goodbye to the northern beaches, we transfer to Stone Town for some last-minute shopping before boarding the ferry to the mainland. We spend our last night wading in the warm waters soaking up the beauty of the area before our journey takes us inland tomorrow.

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

Rising early, we leave the hustle and bustle of Dar es Salaam and head north through Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range to Marangu, a town located in the Kilimanjaro region. The word Marangu means ‘place of water’ as the surrounding area is laced with small streams and waterfalls. We spend the night at the base of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m) and if the weather is clear we may gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Uhuru peak during our drive today.

Day 58. Marangu to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

Our journey takes us via Moshi to Arusha, a city located beneath the twin peaks of the volcanic Mt Meru, Africa’s 5th highest mountain. After a brief stop in the city, we head out to our camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains.

Visit the local snake park and view some of Southern and Eastern Africa's most deadly snakes along with other reptiles and rescued birds. Take a guided tour of the Maasai museum with a real Maasai warrior, and walk to the nearby village to see how the local Maasai live from day-to-day. We also pop into the clinic and school nearby.

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

This morning we meet our local guides and board 4 x4 safari vehicles for our 2 night/ 3-day excursion into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

We travel across the Great Rift Valley and Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the UNESCO World Heritage Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Our journey takes us around the rim of the crater and down onto the adjacent Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is world renown for its abundance of wildlife including the annual migration where over 2 million hooved animals journey from the Serengeti's southern plains to the Masai Mara.

We game drive through the Serengeti in search of wildlife as we make our way to our bushcamp in the central region of the park. Tonight we spend the night under canvas with the sounds of the wilderness to lull us to sleep.

Day 60. Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.

Rising early, we wake to the call of the wild as we head out onto our morning game drive. It is in the early hours of the morning that many predators hunt, and we hope to see some of these as we go.

Our drive takes us back to Naabi gate and this afternoon we ascend the outer walls of the Ngorongoro Crater taking in the spectacular views of the Serengeti plains. At 16-19km in diameter, with walls of 400-610m in height, the Ngorongoro Crater is Africa’s largest intact caldera and the Conservation area is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our campsite is situated on the rim of the crater where we marvel its sheer beauty from above.

Day 61. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

This morning we descend the crater walls for a morning game drive on the magnificent crater floor. Home to the rare black rhino, buffalo, leopards, lions, hippos, hyenas, elephants, cheetahs and flamingo, the Ngorongoro Crater has the highest density of big game in Africa.

We return back to camp for our last view over the rim at lunch time and retrace our steps back to Arusha and the Meserani Snake Park where we spend our last night together.

Day 62. Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya

Our last journey takes us across the border to Kenya and onto Nairobi where the tour ends in the late afternoon.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Sentinel Hotel, Pretoria

Situated in the heart of Pretoria's diplomatic district, this hotel offers twin/double en-suite rooms, a fully stocked restaurant/bar and a swimming pool for those chilled days.

* 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 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 pre-book this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Nairobi 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.

ACCOMMODATION:
Twin share accommodation with facilities (56 nights), twin share tents with a sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (4 nights), Twin share tented camp with en-suite facilities (1 night) some may be with bar or swimming pool. In the Khomas region, Spitzkoppe, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, there are basic bush facilities.

TRANSPORT:
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.

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 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.

Meals
61 Breakfasts, 45 Lunches, 45 Dinners

Accommodation
50 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 4 nights dorm, 1 night tented camp, 6 nights tourist class hotel

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Accommodation as specified and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
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 *
Battlefields
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
Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
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 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.

1710 USD or 1860 USD (If prepaid)

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