Embark on an overland journey across almost half the African Continent from Cape Town to Kenya. A heady mix of game, beaches, the Okavango Delta, exotic Zanzibar, adrenaline activities for the taking, giant dunes and exciting places. Family Departures Available
Saturday. Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa! Upon arrival at Cape Town airport you will be met and transferred to the Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in the Gardens area of Cape Town. Our first night's accommodation is in shared dormitories. Meet the rest of your group at 17:00 this evening where your tour leader will conduct a welcome meeting.
Overnight: Cape Town
Cape Town - Cederberg. As we depart Cape Town we head to Table Bay and onward to our campsite in the Cederberg mountains area.
Overnight: Cederberg Area | Lunch, Dinner
Cederberg - Gariep River. Continuing north we pass by the mining town of Springbok in the Namaqualand area before arriving at the Gariep (Orange) River on the border with Namibia. We camp tonight on the South African side.
Overnight: Gariep River | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sesriem - Swakopmund. On day 7 we leave the desert and cross the famous Tropic of Capricorn with stops at the sign for the obligatory photos. Our final destination on day 7 is the colonial German town of Swakopmund where we spend the next 2 nights. There are lots of optional excursions payable locally in Swakopmund including sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund.
Overnight: Swakopmund | Breakfast x 2
Swakopmund - Brandberg. We depart Swakopmund this morning stopping briefly at the famous rock formations of Spitzkoppe before continuing to our final destination of the day - Brandberg.
Overnight: Brandberg | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Brandberg - Etosha National Park area. We depart Brandberg for Etosha - Namibia's premier game park. We spend the whole day exploring the park in our truck on day 11 on the look out for resident animals which include 4 of the Big 5.
Overnight: Etosha National Park area | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Windhoek & Ghanzi
Etosha - Windhoek - Ghanzi - Maun (Botswana). From Etosha, we have a night in the capital Windhoek before entering Botswana on day 14 where stop for the night in in Ghanzi in the middle of the Kalahari Desert - home to the famous San Bushmen.
On day 15 we head to Maun - our base for the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare our provisions and packs for our 1 night excursion. Your trip leader will brief you fully on what is needed, and what to expect prior to your trip to the Delta.
Overnight: Windhoek (1), Ghanzi (1) Maun (1) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 2
Maun - Okavango Delta. After an early rise we depart for the poling station where we meet our polers who will guide us in our mokoros (dug out canoes) effortlessly through the Delta to our bush camp.
Upon arrival we meet the local staff and have a brief introduction to the camp and will show you your dome tent with twin beds then time to 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.
Overnight: Okavango Delta | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maun - Nata Region. Today we continue to drive through rural Botswana as we travel along roads frequented by cows and donkeys. Our campsite today is the lush Elephant Sands campsite where there may be opportunities to bush walk or game drive.
Overnight: Nata Region | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nata Region - Chobe. Our destination today is the town of Kasane and a campsite on the banks of the River Chobe - the natural border between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. On day 20 we head into Chobe National Park for our overnight excursion in the wilds of the Chobe National park.
Overnight: Kasane (1), Chobe (1) | Breakfast x 2
Chobe - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). We awake early in the national park and we continue to game drive as we leave. We return to Kasane to rejoin our truck and cross the border into Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. Famous for its plethora of adrenaline activities - we have an activity briefing upon arrival.
The next 2 days are spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions. Some of our fellow passengers will leave us in Vic Falls, to be replaced by new passengers joining us for the next leg of our trip.
Optional excursions include horseback safaris, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! Flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the "floats," where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
Overnight: Victoria Falls | Breakfast x 3
Victoria Falls - Chobe (Botswana) - Livingstone (Zambia). Leaving Vic Falls on this morning we cross back into Botswana and back to the town of Kasane, situated on the banks of the Chobe River. We have some free time this afternoon before making our way back to Chobe National Park on an afternoon game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife (2019 only).
The following morning, we get back on our truck and continue to the town of Livingstone in Zambia. This afternoon we have the opportunity to view Victoria Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia or partake in a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Another fantastic photo opportunity!
Please note: 2020 departures will include free time in the town of Kasane, with the opportunity to partake in an array of optional activities.
Overnight: Chobe NP (1), Livingstone (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2
South Luangwa NP
Livingstone - Lusaka Area - South Luangwa. We continue through Zambia today as we head near to the capital Lusaka. On day 27 we visit South Luangwa National Park where we camp for the night and take included game drives.
Overnight: Lusaka Area (1), South Luangwa NP (2) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
South Luangwa - Lake Malawi (Malawi). Crossing into Malawi, known as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. We make a brief stop in the capital, Lilongwe before arriving at our camp on the lake.
Malawi’s temperate climate allows for swimming in the clear blue fresh-water lake all year round. You can also explore the beautiful shore where you’ll happen upon the local fishermen sorting their catch. The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores offer many optional excursions including water sports, horseback rides and visits to a local village.
Overnight: Lake Malawi | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Lake Malawi - Iringa (Tanzania). Today we enter Tanzania through the border post at Songwe. Our campsite this evening is at Iringa at a beautiful rustic ‘Farmhouse’ campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!
Overnight: Iringa | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. Today we take the ferry over to Zanzibar for 3 nights on this tropical paradise. Our first night is in the port city of Stone Town and we spend two further nights up on the northern beaches. Whilst on Zanzibar we also enjoy an informative Spice Tour and sunset cruise on a traditional dhow boat.
Overnight: Zanzibar | Breakfast x 1
Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam - Pangani - Arusha. We depart Zanzibar this afternoon and return to Dar Es Salaam. On day 38 we continue north and stop for the night in Pengani before continuing our journey the next day for Arusha - our base for our trip out to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam (1), Pangani (1), Arusha (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 3
Arusha - Serengeti & Ngorongoro. On day 40 we depart Arusha and embark on our 3 day/2 night included Serengeti and Ngorongoro excursion. We'll game drive in both areas and camp in the wild. On day 42 we head back across the plains and the Crater rim to return to Arusha and exchange exciting wildlife stories.
Overnight: Karatu (1) Serengeti (1) Arusha (1) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Arusha - Nairobi (Kenya). We have an early start this morning as we head to north and cross in to Kenya. Our final destination is the capital Nairobi. We recommend staying an extra night in Nairobi in case of any delays on our way into Kenya.
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 gender.
Local payment - 2019 - $1950pp, paid in USD. 2020 - $2100pp, 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.
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.
Highlanders Campsite & Lodge, Cederberg
Nestled among the wine farms at the foot of the Cederberg mountains, this campsite is a perfect stopover in the Namaqualand region. Highlanders is set on 3 levels, giving campers plenty of space between each of the 5 individual camp areas, and a 12-room ensuite lodge has recently been added to the site. Each camp has a 'braai' pit, sink unit & power. There are stunning mountain views from the solar-powered hot showers, and a locally-sourced wine bar by the scenic swimming pool.
Oasis Sossus, Sesriem
This luxury campsite at the gates of Sossusvlei features 12 individually shaded camps, each with its own bathroom facilities, kitchen basin, barbecue, and electricity points. The campsite has a sparkling pool, and is within walking distance of a fully stocked shop, Internet café, and service station. The adjacent Sossusvlei Lodge offers a restaurant and Adventure Centre, where exciting desert activities such as quad biking, sunset drives, and scenic flights over the dunes can be arranged.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.