22 Day Dar es Salaam to Kruger Overland Tour

From R 30955

DURATION:

22 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

DAR ES SALAAM

ENDING POINT:

JOHANNESBURG

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

AACDK22

cheetahs cleaning each other

A combination of the best highlights that East and Southern Africa has to offer packed into one amazing African overland adventure with emphasis on great rivers, lakes, beaches and waterfalls.

Starting in Dare es Salam, Tanzania, you will first venture by ferry to the tropical island of Zanzibar to spend a few days exploring the island, its beaches, and its rich cultural history. From here you will be taken South into Malawi where you will spend some days on the shores of Lake Malawi with its white sandy beaches and clear waters. From here it’s on to the might Victoria Falls on the Zambian side. Livingstone has plenty of activities on offer for you to choose from. Further South, we move in to Zimbabwe for some game drives at Matobo National park before making our way down to South Africa’s flagship park, the Kruger National Park. Known for its abundance of wildlife, Kruger is an excellent opportunity for photographs.

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22 Day Dar es Salaam to Kruger Overland Tour

Day 1

Dar es Salam – Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed, the spice trade is centuries old: Zanzibaris have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for generations, plying the ocean in simple dhow sailboats relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries. Zanzibar’s other history is not romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure. Our time on the island over the next 4 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, cloths, wooden carvings, visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

NB: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar are included in the tour price, but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically we spend one night in Stone Town and the next three nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you if you have any questions or need activities arranged. Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam today.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Slave markets, Arabic Fort, Palace Museum

Day 2

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris

Day 3

Zanzibar Island

Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris

Day 4

Zanzibar  – Dar es Salam

We have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 5

Dar es Salam – Mikumi National Park

Leaving the bustling city and warm Atlantic coast, we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park where we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars. If time allows we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Mikumi Game Drive 

Day 6

Mikumi – Iringa

We continue our journey heading to the town of Iringa and the Kisolanza Farm. At an altitude of 1600m Kisolanza ensures a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as Dar es Salaam. The farm house is a well-known spot to camp and is the overnight near our mid-way point for our journey from the ocean to the Malawi border.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 7

Iringa – Chitimba Beach, Malawi

After our last night in Tanzania, we head through lush mountain passes, rich grazing land, and banana and tea plantations to the Songwe border post into Malawi. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’ covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day. The lake also has the highest number of endemic fresh water fish species of any in the world.

NB: Although it is our intention to adhere to the campsites described, a certain amount of flexibility is built into our time in Malawi and the crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the Malawi section of the dossier as a guide line only.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 8

Chitimba Beach

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where, after an 11km hike, you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters from the beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Livingstonia Day Hike 

Day 9

Chitimba Beach – Kande Beach

Today we take a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi – where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets, before arriving to Kande Beach. Try some of the optional water sports typically available, horse riding or else simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as some of the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk 

Day 10

Kande Beach

Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving, snorkelling, and horse riding along the beach. Or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, by tradition very friendly, on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk 

Day 11

Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia

Saying our goodbye’s to ‘the Lake’, we head for the border crossing into Zambia to Chipata. Formally named Fort Jamerson, the border town has a population of approx 98,000, and is the capital of Zambia’s Eastern Province. The town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected number of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community. If time allows, we will stop in Chipata before arriving to our campsite situated a short distance from the town centre.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 12

Chipata – Lusaka

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, cross the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7m inhabitants. It is located on Zambia’s southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 13

Lusaka – Livingstone

We head south to Livingstone and set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls. At various times of year the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry! The campsite management provide information on all activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next four nights.

NB: For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15 -$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi or free shuttle into Livingstone and try the local fare.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 14

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town, pop over to neighbouring Zimbabwe or enjoy the many optional activities on offer such as rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, flights over the falls, just to name a few.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour. 

Day 15

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Today we have a free day to enjoy the many optional activities on offer or spend your day at leisure by the poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour. 

Day 16

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town. Spend your leisure day in Livingstone exploring the activities, town and markets or simply relax poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences before heading off into the Southern Africa part of your holiday.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour. 

Day 17

Livingstone – Bulawayo

Departing Livingstone, we cross the border to Zimbabwe and pass through Victoria Falls town and head to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide open spaces. Our campsite is located in the Matobos Area surrounded by the interesting hills and rock formations. The area is revered as a historical, geological and natural heritage site which we will have a chance to explore fully tomorrow.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 18

Bulawayo – Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo and knowledgeable guides will take us to this very impressive park. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. The park also has the densest population of leopard and black eagle in the world and we keep our eyes peeled high and low for these creatures. The hills are also home to the grave site of Cecil John Rhodes who chose this as his burial place owing to the intense natural beauty and startling views from the hills. His grave can be visited at World’s View – a place of continual debate owing to his involvement in claiming the land and its people for Queen & Country in colonial times.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Upgrade to full day tour including historical tour and village tour 

Day 19

Bulawayo – Tshipise

Leaving Bulawayo, we continue south to the border at Beitbridge. Completing formalities we cross the Limpopo River -the second largest in South Africa and an important water source for this arid region. The Limpopo also acts as a natural boundary between South Africa and its neighbours Botswana and Zimbabwe, before it flows through Mozambique to the Indian Ocean. We continue to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. There is hot springs in the area which are surrounded by dense woodland comprising of Mopani, Red Bushwillow, Jakkalsbessie trees – and the third largest Baobab tree in South Africa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 20

Tshipise – Hazyview, South Africa

From Tshipise, we head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve, the Kruger National Park. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24,000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (148 species) is present. There is also prolific birdlife (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of trees. We spend two nights within the Kruger area, enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing on our first night and take a full day game drive in the National Park itself to spot as many animals as possible the next day!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 21

Hazyview – Kruger National Park

Waking at sunrise, we board our open 4×4 safari vehicles ready for our full day game drive. Kruger is 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 explorers from all over the world who visit this park. We take a well-deserved lunch break en-route before game driving out of the park to our accommodation for the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 22

Hazyview – Johannesburg

We leave the Kruger behind and make our way to South Africa’s commercial hub of Johannesburg, where our tour ends late afternoon / early evening on day 22 (we recommend that you plan to stay that evening in Johannesburg)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: N/A 

 

Adventure Pass

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.

90 USD 

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

The Adventure Pass for this tour includes

  • Matobe National Park, Zimbabwe

 

Camping – R30955 excl Adventure Pass
Camping Adventure Pass – US$90
Accommodated – R43215 excl Adventure Pass
Accommodated Adventure Pass – US$90

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Meals & highlights as per itinerary, accommodation, guides and transport

Excludes:

All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, adventure pass and optional activities

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

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22 Day Dar es Salaam to Kruger Overland Tour

R30,955.00

A combination of the best highlights that East and Southern Africa has to offer packed into one amazing African overland adventure with emphasis on great rivers, lakes, beaches and waterfalls.

Starting in Dare es Salam, Tanzania, you will first venture by ferry to the tropical island of Zanzibar to spend a few days exploring the island, its beaches, and its rich cultural history. From here you will be taken South into Malawi where you will spend some days on the shores of Lake Malawi with its white sandy beaches and clear waters. From here it’s on to the might Victoria Falls on the Zambian side. Livingstone has plenty of activities on offer for you to choose from. Further South, we move in to Zimbabwe for some game drives at Matobo National park before making our way down to South Africa’s flagship park, the Kruger National Park. Known for its abundance of wildlife, Kruger is an excellent opportunity for photographs.

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Day 1

Dar es Salam – Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed, the spice trade is centuries old: Zanzibaris have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for generations, plying the ocean in simple dhow sailboats relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries. Zanzibar’s other history is not romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure. Our time on the island over the next 4 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, cloths, wooden carvings, visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

NB: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar are included in the tour price, but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically we spend one night in Stone Town and the next three nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you if you have any questions or need activities arranged. Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam today.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Slave markets, Arabic Fort, Palace Museum

Day 2

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris

Day 3

Zanzibar Island

Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris

Day 4

Zanzibar  – Dar es Salam

We have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 5

Dar es Salam – Mikumi National Park

Leaving the bustling city and warm Atlantic coast, we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park where we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars. If time allows we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Mikumi Game Drive 

Day 6

Mikumi – Iringa

We continue our journey heading to the town of Iringa and the Kisolanza Farm. At an altitude of 1600m Kisolanza ensures a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as Dar es Salaam. The farm house is a well-known spot to camp and is the overnight near our mid-way point for our journey from the ocean to the Malawi border.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 7

Iringa – Chitimba Beach, Malawi

After our last night in Tanzania, we head through lush mountain passes, rich grazing land, and banana and tea plantations to the Songwe border post into Malawi. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’ covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day. The lake also has the highest number of endemic fresh water fish species of any in the world.

NB: Although it is our intention to adhere to the campsites described, a certain amount of flexibility is built into our time in Malawi and the crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the Malawi section of the dossier as a guide line only.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 8

Chitimba Beach

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where, after an 11km hike, you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters from the beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Livingstonia Day Hike 

Day 9

Chitimba Beach – Kande Beach

Today we take a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi – where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets, before arriving to Kande Beach. Try some of the optional water sports typically available, horse riding or else simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as some of the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk 

Day 10

Kande Beach

Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving, snorkelling, and horse riding along the beach. Or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, by tradition very friendly, on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk 

Day 11

Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia

Saying our goodbye’s to ‘the Lake’, we head for the border crossing into Zambia to Chipata. Formally named Fort Jamerson, the border town has a population of approx 98,000, and is the capital of Zambia’s Eastern Province. The town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected number of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community. If time allows, we will stop in Chipata before arriving to our campsite situated a short distance from the town centre.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 12

Chipata – Lusaka

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, cross the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7m inhabitants. It is located on Zambia’s southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 13

Lusaka – Livingstone

We head south to Livingstone and set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls. At various times of year the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry! The campsite management provide information on all activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next four nights.

NB: For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15 -$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi or free shuttle into Livingstone and try the local fare.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 14

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town, pop over to neighbouring Zimbabwe or enjoy the many optional activities on offer such as rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, flights over the falls, just to name a few.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour. 

Day 15

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Today we have a free day to enjoy the many optional activities on offer or spend your day at leisure by the poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour. 

Day 16

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town. Spend your leisure day in Livingstone exploring the activities, town and markets or simply relax poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences before heading off into the Southern Africa part of your holiday.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour. 

Day 17

Livingstone – Bulawayo

Departing Livingstone, we cross the border to Zimbabwe and pass through Victoria Falls town and head to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide open spaces. Our campsite is located in the Matobos Area surrounded by the interesting hills and rock formations. The area is revered as a historical, geological and natural heritage site which we will have a chance to explore fully tomorrow.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 18

Bulawayo – Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo and knowledgeable guides will take us to this very impressive park. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. The park also has the densest population of leopard and black eagle in the world and we keep our eyes peeled high and low for these creatures. The hills are also home to the grave site of Cecil John Rhodes who chose this as his burial place owing to the intense natural beauty and startling views from the hills. His grave can be visited at World’s View – a place of continual debate owing to his involvement in claiming the land and its people for Queen & Country in colonial times.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Upgrade to full day tour including historical tour and village tour 

Day 19

Bulawayo – Tshipise

Leaving Bulawayo, we continue south to the border at Beitbridge. Completing formalities we cross the Limpopo River -the second largest in South Africa and an important water source for this arid region. The Limpopo also acts as a natural boundary between South Africa and its neighbours Botswana and Zimbabwe, before it flows through Mozambique to the Indian Ocean. We continue to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. There is hot springs in the area which are surrounded by dense woodland comprising of Mopani, Red Bushwillow, Jakkalsbessie trees – and the third largest Baobab tree in South Africa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 20

Tshipise – Hazyview, South Africa

From Tshipise, we head for southern Africa’s premier game reserve, the Kruger National Park. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24,000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (148 species) is present. There is also prolific birdlife (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of trees. We spend two nights within the Kruger area, enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing on our first night and take a full day game drive in the National Park itself to spot as many animals as possible the next day!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 21

Hazyview – Kruger National Park

Waking at sunrise, we board our open 4×4 safari vehicles ready for our full day game drive. Kruger is 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 explorers from all over the world who visit this park. We take a well-deserved lunch break en-route before game driving out of the park to our accommodation for the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 22

Hazyview – Johannesburg

We leave the Kruger behind and make our way to South Africa’s commercial hub of Johannesburg, where our tour ends late afternoon / early evening on day 22 (we recommend that you plan to stay that evening in Johannesburg)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: N/A 

 

Adventure Pass

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.

90 USD 

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

The Adventure Pass for this tour includes

  • Matobe National Park, Zimbabwe

 

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