On this accommodated overland tour you will start on the beautiful tropical island of Zanzibar to the thundering Victoria Falls and still Okavango Delta. Game drive in Chobe and Etosha National Parks and climb the worlds highest sand dunes in the worlds oldest desert before finishing in stunning Cape Town. This tour will give you an amazing experience of Southern Africa.
This safari is also available in reverse starting in Cape Town and ending in Dar es Salaam.
Day 1. Stone Town, Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.This morning we make the short ferry crossing from Dar es Salaam to Stone Town on Zanzibar. Explore Stone Town by foot walking through its cobbled alleyways, Palaces, Courtyards and mosques.
Day 2-3. Kendwa Beach, Zanizibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.The next two days are free days for you to enjoy this tropical paradise. Relax on the beach, scuba dive or snorkel in the ocean.
Day 4. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.This morning there is time to take a last minute dip in the ocean or shopping at the local markets before we catch our ferry back to the Tanzanian mainland and Dar es Salaam for the evening.
Day 5. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.We depart the city today and make our inland through Mikumi National Park, hoping to spot some wildlife on the side of the road. Our accommodation for the evening is just outside the park and if we have enough time may be able to take on an optional game drive in the afternoon.
Day 6. Mikumi to Iringa Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.Today we make our way to the town of Iringa and the Kisolanza Farm in the Southern Tanzanian Highlands. This is a working farm that provides organic meat and vegetables to local markets and home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years.
Day 7. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.We leave Tanzania today and make our way to the Songwe border into Malawi. We make our way to Lake Malawi where we will spend the next two nights, the lake covers almost a fifth of Malawi's area.
Day 8. Chitimba Beach Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.You have the day to yourself today, where you can relax on the beach or take on the optional activity of an 11km trek to Machewe Falls where you can cool off in a natural bath at the top.
Day 9. Kande Beach Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.We travel further along the lake today via Malawi's third largest town Mzuzu on our way to Kande Beach where we will spend the next two nights.
Day 11. Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia Accommodation. Mamarula Camp.We leave the lake today and cross the border into Zambia and the town of Chipata. The capital of Zambia's Eastern Province, Chipata has a population of approximately 98,000.
Day 12. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.We take the Great Eastern Road across the Luangwa River to Zambia's capital Lusaka, Southern Africa's fastest growing city.
Day 13. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Leaving Lusaka we travel south to Livingstone home to Victoria Falls. We visit the falls in Livingstone and the spray from the falls can been seen from our accommodation sometimes on a clear day.
Day 14-16. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.The next three days you have to yourself to enjoy some of the optional activities available. Bungee jump, gorge swing, abseiling, game walk, sunset cruise, white water rafting and more are all available here.
Day 17. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.Departing Livingstone today we make the short border crossing into Botswana and the town of Kasane. From here we access Chobe National park and this afternoon take a Fish Eagle Cruise along the Chobe river keeping any eye out for the various wildlife that we can see on the banks.
Day 19. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.Leaving Nata today we make our way to the town of Maun where we spend the night in preparation for the following evening spent on the Okavango Delta.
Day 20. Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.We board an open 4x4 truck today and travel into the Okavango Delta where we take a mokoro ride through the labyrinthine channels to our tented camp for the evening.
Day 21. Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.This morning we take a casual paced journey out of the Okavango Delta and back to the polers station where we pick up our 4x4 transfer back to Maun where we spend the evening.
Day 22. Maun to Ghanzi Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana. Accommodation. Ghanzi Trailblazers, Ghanzi.Today we make our way to Ghanzi a town on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. We meet a local guide and the San/Bushman who take us on a guided tour of this area showing us their way of life.
Day 23. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia. Accommodation. Urban Camp, Windhoek.We depart Botswana today and cross into Namibia and the countries capital Windhoek. This is a small capital city compared to global standards with a population of around 200,000.
Day 24. Windhoek to Etosha National Park Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.We head north today to Etosha National Park, a reserve over 20,000 sq km and we will stay here for the next two night close to one of the floodlit waterholes in the hope of seeing some night time visitors.
Day 25. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia. Accommodation. Etosha National Park, Namibia.Today we have a full day game driving looking out for many of the wildlife in this park. Around 114 mammals and over 340 bird species call Etosha home.
Day 26. Etosha National Park - Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia. Accommodation. Spitzkoppe Community Camp.Game driving out of Etosha we make our way south to the Damaraland region and Spitzkoppe. We explore the giant rock formations here and view the impressive ancient bushman paintings.
Day 27. Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Leaving Spitzkoppe today we make our way further south to the Atlantic Ocean coast and the town of Swakopmund. We spend the next two days here allowing you to take on some of the optional activities available including skydiving, quad biking, sand boarding, township tour and more.
Day 28. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia. Accommodation. Amanpuri Lodge, Swakopmund.Today is a free day for you to enjoy the optional activities available or simply explore Swakopmund and its restaurants, cafes and patisseries.
Day 29. Swakopmund to Solitaire Highlights. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia. Accommodation. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia.Leaving the cool breeze of the Atlantic Ocean behind, we turn inwards and cross over the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping for a photo opportunity.
Day 30. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region to Sesriem area Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia. Accommodation. Little Sossus Lodge, Namib Naukluft .Leaving our camp early this morning we via Solitaire, the smallest town in Namibia and enter the Namib Naukluft National Park. It's here we trek to the top of the world famous Dune 45 and take a transfer further into the park to 'Dead Vlei' where we go on a nature walk.
Day 31. Sesriem area to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia. Accommodation. Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon.Today we make our way to the worlds second largest canyon, Fish River Canyon. 160km long and around 500m deep its one of Africa's natural wonders.
Day 32. Fish River Canyon to Orange (Gariep) River, South Africa Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.Today, we travel south to the Gariep (Orange) river. Our accommodation lies on the banks of the river on the Namibian side where on arrival, we have the opportunity to partake in an optional canoe safari on the river to see the striking Richtersveld scenery, or simply relax on the water’s edge.
Day 33. Orange (Gariep) River to Cederberg Region Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa. Accommodation. Highlanders Camp, Cederberg.Leaving Namibia behind, we cross into South Africa and make our way south via Namaqualand. Our last night's accommodation is set in the picturesque Cederberg region where you can sample some of the region's wine.
Day 34. Cederberg Region to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.Today we leave the Cederberg Region and make our way to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town where our tour ends.
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.
Please note: As from 1st May 2018, we will change our accommodation from Ashanti Lodge in Greenpoint to Ashanti Lodge in Gardens. Please check your tour voucher to confirm that your tour starting and ending point is correct before departing. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain and in walking distances to the city centre, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Gardens is your gateway to Cape Town. This gorgeous Victorian Mansion offers backpacker dormitories to single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Chill next to the stunning pool, join the party in the legendary Kumasi Café/Bar with its cool cocktails, tasty food and fabulous mountain views or go explore the city's highlights close by.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Dar es Salaam 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 Cape Town 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 (31 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 night) some may be with 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, mokoro (dugout canoe), river boat, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.
34 Breakfasts, 23 Lunches, 24 Dinners
30 nights twin share accommodation, 1 night pre-erected en suite tented camp (Delta); 2 night bush camping at Spitzkoppe and Khomas Region (equipment supplied).
Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.
This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.