An African Adventure Southbound - 37 days
See the best of Africa, from its magnificent craters, dune-filled deserts and spectacular waterfalls, to its colonial cities and beautiful beaches. Game drive through Chobe and Etosha National Park, explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta, relax on the beaches of Lake Malawi and end your adventure in Cape Town.
Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at Dar Es Salaam airport we will meet and transfer you to your accommodation. Your first night will be spent in a Banda (beach huts with shared facilities) at Kipepeo Campsite There will be a predeparture meeting at 17:00 hours today where you will meet your tour leader.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. On the morning of day 2 we transfer by public ferry to the Spice Island of Zanzibar. We'll spend the next 3 nights here with one night spent in Stone Town and two nights on the northern beaches.
Overnight: Zanzibar | Breakfast x 1
Mikumi & Iringa
Zanzibar - Mikumi - Iringa. Leaving Zanzibar in the morning, we return to the mainland and head west to Mikumi for an overnight stop. The next day we continue our journey west. Our destination today is Iringa where we spend the night in a beautiful rustic campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!
Overnight: Mikumi (1), Iringa (1) | Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2
Iringa - Lake Malawi (Malawi). We depart Tanzania and enter Malawi - our home for the next 3 nights. 20% of this country is made up of the famous lake - which will be our back drop for the next 3 days as we slowly travel towards Zambia.
Overnight: Lake Malawi | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 4
South Luangwa National Park
Lake Malawi - South Luangwa (Zambia). Heading away from the lake we briefly stop at the capital Lilongwe before crossing into Zambia. From here we travel to the South Luangwa National Park on the Luangwa River for some game driving and 2 nights in the park.
Overnight: South Luangwa National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
South Luangwa - Eastern Zambia - Livingstone. Continuing south on day 12 we drive through rural Zambia before stopping for the night near the capital Lusaka. Our final stop in Zambia is Livingstone near the mighty Victoria Falls.
Overnight: Eastern Zambia (1), Livingstone (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Livingstone - Kasane (Botswana). Today we cross the border into Botswana and on to the town of Kasane on the Chobe River forming a natural border between Zambia, Namibia and Botswana. This afternoon we go in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park.
Overnight: Chobe National Park | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chobe - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). This morning we depart Chobe National Park looking for wildlife as we exit. We continue to Kasane before crossing the border into Zimbabwe and back to Victoria Falls - this time on the Zimbabwe side. We enjoy our last day in the adrenaline playground of Africa, where there are optional activities aplenty here including Zambezi white water rafting, bungee jumping from 111m and flights over the Falls in a variety of airborne machines!
Overnight: Victoria Falls | Breakfast
Victoria Falls - Chobe (Botswana). Departing Victoria Falls we return to Botswana where we have a second opportunity to take part in the Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion. For those who’d prefer to stay behind at the campsite in Kasane, there is an option to do an early morning game drive on the morning of day 19 instead.
Overnight: Chobe National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Maun - Okavango Delta - Maun. On day 21 we take the overnight excursion into the Delta. From the poling station we board our mokoros for a couple of hours before we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango.
On arrival you will meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction to the camp will show you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.
The following morning we pack up and set off back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunch time and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).
Overnight: Okavango Delta (1) Maun (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Ghanzi & Windhoek
Maun - Ghanzi - Windhoek (Namibia). On day 23 we head towards the small village of Ghanzi for our last night in Botswana. Ghanzi is home to the San / Bushman and you can learn more about them by partaking in the Bushman experience offered by the campsite.
On day 24 we cross the border in to Namibia and head to the capital Windhoek for some retail therapy and time to relax at Urban Camp.
Overnight: Ghanzi (1), Windhoek(1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1
Safari in Etosha
On day 26 we make our way 150 km across the park, keeping our eyes peeeled many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. After a full day of game viewing, we exit the park through Anderson gate and head to our campsite a short drive away. The following day takes us further south through the Namibian countryside to a campsite, located in the vicinity of Etosha National Park.
Overnight: Etosha National Park area | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Etosha National Park area - Brandberg. Today we continue south to the area of the Brandberg. All depending on the time of arrival we will have the opportunity to explore the area.
Overnight: Brandberg | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Brandberg - Swakopmund. Our destination today is Swakopmund, via Spitzkoppe the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’. The 1728 m high rock formation, one of Namibia’s most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San sacred site.
Founded by the Germans in 1892 their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. Day 30 is spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of optional excursions which include sky diving, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, horse riding and more!
Overnight: Swakopmund | Breakfast x 2
Swakopmund - Sesriem. Departing Swakopmund, we continue south to Walvis Bay before turning inland and toward the desert. We enter the Namib-Naukluft Park - one of the oldest deserts in the world. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300m high. Our afternoon is spent exploring this amazing area.
Overnight: Sesriem | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Fish River Canyon - Gariep River (South Africa). This morning we continue south, where, after a short drive we reach the natural land border between Namibia and South Africa at the Gariep River (Orange River). We cross the border into South Africa and camp at a beautiful campsite on the bank of the river. This afternoon we take a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River, affording us the opportunity of some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle.
Overnight: Gariep River | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gariep River - Cederberg. Continuing south we pass through the Richtersveld and the mining town of Springbok, before reaching the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. Our camp ground tonight is a picturesque campsite surrounded by local wine farms. We can even sample some of the nectar of the gods or to explore the surrounding beautiful Cederberg Mountains. Tonight is our last night under the stars!
Overnight: Cederberg | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cederberg - Cape Town. Today is our last drive day and we head towards our final destination Cape Town. Our journey takes us through the rich fruit growing area of Citrusdal before crossing the Piketberg Pass to the Cape’s wine growing regions. Our first sighting of the Mother’s City Table Mountain across Table Bay means we’ve reached our final destination. Once in Cape Town we take a township tour (2018 departures only) in and around Cape Town. Tonight’s accommodation is in dormitories at one of Cape Town’s best loved hostels.
Overnight: Cape Town | Breakfast
Saturday. This morning we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.Read More
Local payment - $1450pp, paid in USD.
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Kipepeo Village , Dar es Salaam
The Tanzanian bush meets the blue waters of the Indian Ocean at Kipepeo Beach & Village, situated on the south coast of Dar Es Salaam. The campsite is right on the beach itself and is a popular destination for watersports adventures or simple relaxation. Facilities include a beach bar and restaurant.Upgrades are available to the twenty elevated ensuite chalets, built in the bush and decorated in traditional Swahili style, provide a stunning ocean views.
Croc Valley Camp, South Luangwa National Park
Croc Valley Camp is located on the banks of the Luangwa River, and provides accommodation ranging from riverfront tents to ensuite chalets, built on stilts to avoid the off-season floods. Watch elephants roam across the campsite, experience a game drive through South Luangwa National Park, or relax with a gin & tonic at the bar. The camp also features a large outdoor pool, kitchen facilities, and daily laundry service.
Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls
Situated in the bohemian town of Victoria Falls, and 400m from the Falls themselves, the affordable accommodation at the Shearwater Explorers Village consists of 5 campsites with modern bathroom facilities, and 16 private chalets with en-suite showers and A/C. Shearwater operates a range of activities at the Falls, from bungee jumping to river rafting - and when the day is over, guests can wind down with Wi-Fi in the lounge areas, a drink by the pool, or even a back rub in the massage tent.
Delta Rain Bushcamp, Okavango Delta
This unique campsite is located in the heart of the Okavango Delta, as part of the Delta Rain safari experience. Accommodation consists of dome tents with twin beds, and "bush en-suite" bathrooms with a long-drop toilet and bucket shower. After settling in, guests can relax in the mess tent, partake in game viewing trips, or go on guided walks, while admiring the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Urban Camp, Windhoek
Centrally located in Windhoek (a short walk from the legendary Joe's Beerhouse restaurant), Urban Camp is a comfortable campground combining city convenience with a quiet getaway. Free Wi-Fi, a sparkling pool, and private bathrooms all contribute to an oasis of calm in campsites housing up to 18 people. Nearby is a small shopping centre for amenities, and for sightseers looking to explore the history and architecture of Windhoek, the city centre is less than 2km away.
Ashanti Lodge Gardens Backpackers, Cape Town
Situated in a Victorian mansion at the foot of Table Mountain, within walking distance of the city centre, Ashanti Lodge offers a range of 6 to 8 bed dormitories, in addition to private rooms with shared bathroom facilities. After a long day of sightseeing, travellers can unwind with a cocktail at the café-bar, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or relax in the landscaped garden. Kitchen/BBQ facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi are also available.