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The Big Overlander (Accommodated) - 43 days map

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Discover seven countries on this 6-week overland safari taking in the best of Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Search for wildlife on safari in the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Chobe National Park, Etosha National Park, and the Okavango Delta. Spend three days relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar, swim in Lake Malawi, and see Victoria Falls. Cruise the Chobe River, climb Dune 45 in the Namib Desert, marvel at Fish River Canyon, and end your journey in South Africa's Mother City - Cape Town.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Kenya: Set off from Nairobi for a two-night safari excursion to the Masai Mara, the country's premier wildlife destination
Zanzibar: Spend three days on tropical Zanzibar Island, exploring historic Stone Town and soaking up some sun on the northern beaches
Zambia: Visit the border town of Chipata and the capital Lusaka, then head to Livingstone, home to cascading Victoria Falls
Namibia: Meet the San Bushmen and visit Windhoek, then explore Etosha National Park, climb Dune 45 in the Namib Desert and see Fish River Canyon
Tanzania: Search for wildlife in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Mikumi National Park and visit the coastal cities of Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam
Malawi: Explore several different points of Lake Malawi, which covers 20% of the country. Swim, visit local villages, play volleyball and opt for a day hike to a waterfall
Botswana: Head on safari in Chobe National Park and cruise the Chobe River, then enjoy an overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta
South Africa: Enjoy optional wine tasting in Cederberg before arriving in captivating Cape Town, where your tour ends


42 breakfasts, 33 lunches & 32 dinners
Escorted by a licensed 2-person crew
Masai Mara excursion in a purpose built safari vehicle and game drives with a resident guide
Maasai Village Walk with a resident guide
Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls visit
Okavango Delta excursion including mokoro and walking safari
Etosha National Park game drives
Sossusvlei shuttle, guided walk and Dune 45 excursion
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
34 nights simple twin share accommodation in Zanzibar, 4 nights permanent tented camp, 4 nights camping in 2-person dome tents (please refer to the trip notes for details)
Transportation in a 24-seater overland truck with camping and cooking equipment
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater excursion in a purpose built safari vehicle and game drives with a resident guide
Zanzibar return ferry ticket
Chobe River boat cruise and Chobe National Park game drive in a purpose-built safari vehicle with a resident guide
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Spitzkoppe excursion to see Bushmen paintings
Sesriem & Fish River Canyon visit

Not Included

International flights and visas
Optional activities (prices listed in Trip Notes)
Local Payment: $1780pp, paid in USD
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Airport transfers - can be booked on request


Day 1

To the Masai Mara

Nairobi - Masai Mara. We depart the Kenyan capital early this morning and travel overland across the dramatic Great Rift Valley. Arriving at our camp on the edge of the Masai Mara Reserve, we will have time for an afternoon game drive in search of wildlife. In the Masai Mara we will use specialized safari vehicles instead of our overland truck, for a better game-viewing experience.

Please note: The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure. The tour departs at 08:00 on Day 1 so please arrive in Nairobi the day before your tour. Refer to the Joining Instructions in the Trip Notes for more information. We can book accommodation and transfers on request.
Overnight: Masai Mara  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Masai Mara

Today we continue exploring the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. Forming part of the Serengeti ecosystem and adjacent to Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, the Masai Mara is perhaps Africa's most iconic wild place. Home to the Great Migration, it is possible to see millions of wildebeest, antelope, and zebra crossing the plains throughout the year, tracked all the way by the lions, leopards, and cheetahs which feed on them. Crocodiles wait for an easy meal as the herds cross the Mara River, and scavengers such as hyenas clear up the remains of any kills. With plenty of included game drives, you'll have a great chance at spotting many of these species, as well as elephants, buffalo, giraffe and more.
Overnight: Masai Mara  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Back to Nairobi

Masai Mara - Nairobi. From the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where we overnight.
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Tanzania's safari capital

Nairobi - Arusha (Tanzania). Say goodbye to Kenya as we board our overland truck and cross into neighbouring Tanzania. Our destination is the country's safari capital of Arusha, located near the Serengeti and in the shadow of Mount Meru. We'll browse the local markets before arriving at our accommodation for the night. There may also be time to visit a Maasai village.
Overnight: Arusha  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Safari in the Serengeti

Arusha - Serengeti National Park. Once again, we transfer to smaller, specialized safari vehicles for our excursion into the Serengeti National Park. Much larger than the Masai Mara, the Serengeti National Park is home to all of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) and is sure to yield incredible wildlife experiences. Driving around the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater (we'll be back here later in the tour!), we game drive to our unfenced bush campsite, for a night spent camping and listening to the sounds of the African wild.
Overnight: Serengeti National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 6-7

Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha. Day 6 sees us game-driving back out of the Serengeti and into the nearby Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This UNESCO-listed site is dominated by the Ngorongoro Crater, Africa's largest caldera. It is also home to some of the highest densities of wildlife on the entire continent. Descending to the crater floor, we'll enjoy incredible views of the surrounding walls, as well as searching for wildlife. We spend the night camping on the rim of the crater.

On day 7 we enjoy a final game drive in the crater, returning to the camp for lunch. It's then time to pack up as we return to Arusha.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Crater (1), Arusha (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 8

From safari to beach

Arusha - Bagamoyo. After a week of safari, it's time for some downtime! We head first to the port city of Bagamoyo, which is located on the Indian Ocean coast. It's a long drive, but we will be afforded views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro if the weather is clear. Our accommodation for the night is near the beach, and you are more than welcome to head out to explore.
Overnight: Bagamoyo  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Dar es Salaam

Bagamoyo - Dar es Salaam. We continue our journey down the Tanzanian coast to Dar es Salaam, the country's most important port. It's a relatively short drive of just 2 - 3 hours, and there should be time for you to head into the city independently. There is a wealth of Arab architecture to admire, as well as a selection of vibrant markets, great beaches, and bars. Tonight we stay by the beach before our trip to Zanzibar tomorrow.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 10-12

Zanzibar beach break

Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. On the morning of day 10 we board the ferry to Zanzibar, a tropical, semi-autonomous island off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland. Our overland truck will remain in Dar es Salaam.

Our time in Zanzibar is not structured, and there is plenty of time for you to unwind on the beach with a good book or embark on optional excursions such as a spice tour, snorkelling, scuba diving or enjoying a relaxing massage. See the Trip Notes for details.

As a general rule, we will spend one day in the old part of Zanzibar City, known as Stone Town. Then we will head to the northern beaches for two further days of sun, sea and sand.
Overnight: Zanzibar  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 13

Return to Dar es Salaam

Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. There's time for a final swim this morning before we check out after breakfast and catch the ferry back to the mainland. We stay by the coast again tonight, and you'll be able to head back into Dar if you choose.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14

Mikumi National Park

Dar es Salaam - Mikumi National Park. Climb aboard our overland truck once more as we make our way back inland, heading for the Malawian border. Today we are driving through Mikumi National Park, and will stop if we see any exotic wildlife, such as a forest elephant, or herd of giraffes. Our accommodation tonight is on the edge of the reserve, and you can opt for an extra game drive if you haven't had your safari fill yet! We'll also enjoy drinks at the local bar before an evening around the campfire.
Overnight: Mikumi National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

The Southern Highlands

Mikumi National Park - Iringa. Today's drive takes us through the spectacular Southern Highlands of Tanzania. We'll be staying at a local family-run farm around 50km from Iringa. The farm has been managed by the Ghaui family for more than 70 years and produces organic crops and meat for the local community and Dar es Salaam.
Overnight: Iringa  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 16-17

Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi.

Iringa - Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi (Malawi). Departing Tanzania, we cross into our third country, Malawi. Dominated by Lake Malawi, this body of water covers around 20% of the country and is crucial for the livelihoods of the Malawian people. It is here that we are heading. We spend the first two nights at Chitimba Beach, with free time to visit the local markets, play beach games or simply watch the local fishermen paddle their traditional Bwato canoes on the lake.

There is an optional 11km hike on day 17 to visit Manchewe Falls. You'll enjoy amazing views of this waterfall and a relaxing dip in a natural bath.
Overnight: Lake Malawi  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 18-19

Kande Beach, Lake Malawi

Chitimba Beach, Lake Malawi - Mzuzu - Kande Beach, Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is too much of a highlight for us to only visit one location along its never-ending shore! Our next destination is Kande Beach, which we reach by driving around 240km through rubber plantations, stopping to reload our supplies in the town of Mzuzu.

The rest of today and all of day 19 are at leisure. Optional activities include horse riding, a visit to a Malawian village, and freshwater scuba diving. Lake Malawi is home to several fish species found nowhere else in the world!
Overnight: Lake Malawi  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 20

Into Zambia

Kande Beach, Lake Malawi - Chipata (Zambia). Today sees us heading toward the Zambian border. After the customs formalities, we head to our accommodation in the border town of Chipata, the main landmark of which is a colourful welcome arch. There is also a large Indian community in Chipata, and a number of architecturally impressive mosques.
Overnight: Chipata  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21


Chipata - Lusaka. It's an early start today as we have a long drive to the Zambian capital, Lusaka. The scenery en route is stunning though: we'll take the Great Eastern Road, passing through lush countryside and crossing the rushing Luangwa River. Our campsite is at a tranquil farm outside Lusaka, which is Southern Africa's fastest-growing city.
Overnight: Lusaka  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 22-25

Livingstone & Victoria Falls

Lusaka - Livingstone. On day 22 we drive south to Livingstone. Named after famed explorer David Livingstone, this is the Zambian base for exploring Victoria Falls, one of the African continent's finest natural wonders. There is an included visit to the falls, which are also known as Mosi oa Tunya - the ‘Smoke that Thunders’.

The next three days are kept completely free for you to do as little or as much as you like. Livingstone is an adrenalin junkie's paradise, with all manner of optional activities available. You could go bungee jumping, canoeing or rafting on the Zambezi River, take a scenic flight over the falls, or enjoy a fishing trip. Or you can sit by the pool and relax! See the Trip Notes for more details.

Please note: Some travellers may be finishing their tour in Livingstone, and others may be joining for the Southern African section of our journey.
Overnight: Livingstone  |  Breakfast x 4, Lunch x 1

Day 26

Chobe River Cruise

Livingstone - Chobe National Park (Botswana). Say goodbye to Zambia as we cross into Botswana today and make the short journey to Kasane, gateway to Chobe National Park.

Botswana's premier game reserve is home to all of the Big Five as well as abundant bird life, including the rare African Fish Eagle. We'll enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River, hoping to see elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. And there is also an included game drive in specialized open safari vehicles, where we hope to spot more of Chobe's land-based residents.
Overnight: Kasane  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park - Nata. This morning we enjoy another included game drive in Chobe National Park before heading to the Nata region of Botswana. We're likely to spot species such as buffalo as we drive through this sparsely populated region. Our campsite tonight is unfenced, meaning local wildlife is free to wander through camp - our groups often enjoy some of their best wildlife experiences here.
Overnight: Nata Region  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28


Nata - Maun. Today sees us travelling to Maun, our base for exploring the famed Okavango Delta. If time allows, there is the opportunity for you to take a scenic flight over the delta - if we haven't got time today then this opportunity will be offered on day 30 instead.
Overnight: Maun  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 29-30

The Okavango Delta

Maun - Okavango Delta - Maun. On day 29 we enjoy our overnight excursion in specialized safari vehicles into the Okavango Delta. The delta is a natural wetland spread out over more than 1.6 million hectares, home to an incredible diversity of life. Reaching the mokoro polers station, we transfer to these traditional canoes and paddle along the waterways of the delta to our campsite, which is located in the delta itself.

Day 30 sees us enjoying another mokoro ride back out of the delta before returning to Maun, where there is time for the optional scenic flight if we didn't have time for this on day 28.
Overnight: Okavango Delta (1), Maun (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 31

Hello, Namibia

Maun - Gobabis (Namibia). Boarding our overland truck, we travel to the Namibian border via Ghanzi, skirting the edge of the barren Kalahari Desert. Having crossed the border, we reach our accommodation and there is an included bush walk with the local San Bushmen, during which we can learn about the way of life for this ancient tribe and discover how they work with, rather than against nature - something we can all learn from! Please note this activity may take place on day 32 instead, depending on our arrival time.
Overnight: Gobabis region  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 32


Gobabis - Windhoek. Today we arrive in Namibia's charming capital. Windhoek is a tiny capital by global standards, with a population of just 470,000 people. It has lots of German architecture, a reminder of Namibia's early colonial past. Our camp is located on the edge of the city, and it is easy to head in to grab a bite to eat and have a wander around if you wish. We recommend a drink at Joe's Beerhouse, perhaps the most famous restaurant in Namibia. Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Windhoek.
Overnight: Windhoek  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 33-34

Etosha National Park

Windhoek - Etosha National Park. The next two days will be spent exploring Namibia's iconic Etosha National Park. This 20,000 square kilometre reserve is dominated by a salt pan, which floods seasonally but is also home to a select few watering holes all year round. Wildlife is easy to spot as the animals tend to gather around these scarce water sources.

We spend two nights in the park, and our itinerary is flexible depending on the conditions and the location of wildlife. We'll generally enjoy a short game drive on day 33 before spending our first night at a camp with a floodlit watering hole. Here you may be lucky enough to spot elephants, giraffe, hyenas and even lions.

Day 34 is spent on a full day's game drive across the park, stopping whenever we see anything of interest. We will either return to our first camp, or perhaps a different one, depending on your tour leader's decision.
Overnight: Etosha National Park  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 35


Etosha National Park - Spitzkoppe. Leaving Etosha, we head into the Damaraland region and our destination - Spitzkoppe. At this mountain peak, you can see incredibly well-preserved bushmen paintings and spectacular rock formations reaching 1800 metres above sea level. As the sun moves across the sky, the rocks change colour, a sight that is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset. We'll be staying at a campsite at the base of the mountain, so you can enjoy this sunset with a refreshing drink.
Overnight: Spitzkoppe  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 36-37


Spitzkoppe - Swakopmund. On day 36 we drive to Swakopmund, a German colonial town located on Namibia's famous Skeleton Coast. We'll be staying in simple dormitory accommodation in Swakopmund, rather than camping.

The rest of day 36 and the following day are free for you to explore Swakopmund as you see fit. Wander around the town and indulge in the relaxed cafe culture and German colonial architecture. There are also lots of optional activities available including quad-biking, sand boarding, skydiving, and dolphin-watching cruises. See the Trip Notes for further details.
Overnight: Swakopmund  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 38

Tropic of Capricorn

Swakopmund - Namib-Naukluft National Park. Heading south, we journey through Namib-Naukluft National Park, which protects large swathes of the Namib Desert. We'll stop for a photo at the Tropic of Capricorn before arriving at our desert camp in the Khomas region.
Overnight: Namib Naukluft National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 39

Dune 45, Deadvlei & Sesriem

This morning we head back into Namib-Naukluft National Park, arriving at the desert's most famous landmark - Dune 45. This towering sand dune is more than 300 metres high - you are welcome to try to climb the dune if you are up to it!

Journeying deeper into the park, we arrive at Deadvlei, a white clay pan surrounded by the rolling golden dunes and home to eerie petrified trees. You'll want to remember your camera as the area changes colour with the movement of the sun across the sky. En route to our camp for the night, we also make a stop at Sesriem Canyon.
Overnight: Namib Naukluft National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 40

Fish River Canyon

Namib-Naukluft National Park - Fish River Canyon. If you thought Sesriem Canyon was impressive, you're in for a treat today! It's a long drive south through desert scenery to reach Fish River Canyon, second only in size to the Grand Canyon in the USA. More than 500 metres deep and scarring the land for 160km, it's a jaw-dropping sight to behold. We'll stop at a couple of viewpoints and visit the canyon's famously sharp bend, known as 'Hell's Corner'.
Overnight: Fish River Canyon  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 41

The Orange River

Fish River Canyon - Orange River. Travelling south we reach the Orange River, also known as the Gariep. For much of its length, the Orange River marks the border between Namibia and South Africa. Our accommodation is located on the Namibian side, and there is an optional canoe safari for those who want to see some of the surrounding scenery.
Overnight: Orange River  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 42

Cederberg & optional wine tasting

Orange River - Cederberg (South Africa). Crossing the border this morning we enter the seventh and final country of our adventure: South Africa. Driving south through the Namaqualand region, we will be treated to the sight of beautiful wildflowers if travelling in spring (August - September). Arriving at our riverside accommodation, there is optional wine tasting for those who wish to try some of the Cederberg region's fine wines.
Overnight: Cederberg  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 43

Cape Town

Cederberg - Cape Town. Today we complete our six-week journey to Cape Town, South Africa's 'Mother City', where our tour comes to an end.

Home to Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, and some of the world's most spectacular scenery, we strongly recommend booking post-tour accommodation to further explore this iconic city. We can arrange this accommodation for you.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 6 persons. Prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room / tent. Solo travellers will be matched up and share a room / tent with another solo traveller of the same gender. All accommodation is on a twin share basis.

Local payment - $1780pp, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

Guaranteed Departure
Twin Share
Single Room
07 Apr - 19 May 10% off
21 Apr - 02 Jun 10% off
05 May - 16 Jun 10% off
19 May - 30 Jun 10% off
30 Jun - 11 Aug 10% off
14 Jul - 25 Aug 10% off
28 Jul - 08 Sep 10% off
11 Aug - 22 Sep 10% off G
25 Aug - 06 Oct 10% off
08 Sep - 20 Oct 10% off
22 Sep - 03 Nov 10% off
06 Oct - 17 Nov 10% off
20 Oct - 01 Dec 10% off
03 Nov - 15 Dec 10% off
17 Nov - 29 Dec 10% off
01 Dec - 12 Jan 10% off
15 Dec - 26 Jan 10% off
29 Dec - 09 Feb 10% off

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation Nairobi - Hotel Boulevard, ensuite room
Post Tour Accommodation Cape Town, Ashanti Lodge Guesthouse, en suite room


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.

Enchoro Wildlife Camp (permanent tents), Masai Mara

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Enchoro Wildlife Camp is a partly fenced campsite located within the Masai Mara National Reserve, set amongst lush trees. Accommodation is in permanent pre-erected tents complete with twin share beds and ensuite bathroom facilities. Each tent also has a verandah perfect for enjoying a sundowner and keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. There is a thatched-roof restaurant onsite and additional excursions into the Mara can be booked at the tour desk.

Wildebeest Eco Camp (permanent tents), Nairobi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

An oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi, Wildebeest Eco Camp is set in tropical gardens home to hundreds of native birds. It is conveniently located near shops, banks, markets, restaurants and Nairobi National Park. Accommodation is in simply furnished permanent walk-in tents with electricity and shared bathrooms. Bathrooms have solar-powered hot showers and flush toilets. There's an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace for guests to enjoy and the onsite restaurant serves a variety of African, European, and American dishes. Free Wi-Fi is also available.

Meserani Snake Park , Arusha

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Founded in 1993 on the outskirts of Arusha, the Meserani Snake Park was once a barren wasteland, now it's a lush wildlife park, with hundreds of trees planted which are also home to native bird species. Travellers can visit a local Maasai village guided by a Maasai warrior and can explore the Snake Park zoo itself, home to 48 African snake species including the deadly Black spitting cobra and reptiles including crocodiles. The Snake Park hosts a monthly medical clinic for the local community too, serving more than 1,000 patients monthly. Accommodation is in simple chalets with shared facilities, and the Snake Park Bar is famous in the area for its array of memorabilia.

Firefly Camp (chalets), Bagamoyo

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

A mixture of simple chalets and permanent tents are on offer at this boutique lodge in Bagamoyo, just a short walk from the beach. Some units offer a sea view whilst some overlook the outdoor swimming pool or lush gardens. There are shared bathroom facilities although some rooms do come with ensuite bathrooms. Food is served all day at the camp's restaurant and bar, and there is a free Wi-Fi connection. Guests can also browse the souvenir shop, relax in the spa, or hire bicycles to further explore Bagamoyo.

Kipepeo Beach Village (chalets), Dar es Salaam

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

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 accommodation is right on the beach itself and is a popular destination for watersports adventures or simple relaxation. Facilities include a beach bar and restaurant. All 20 chalets are elevated, with ocean-facing balconies and hammocks, perfect for a relaxing afternoon! Each chalet also has an ensuite bathroom with twin or double beds and a fan. Chalets are decorated in traditional Swahili style.

All Seasons Hotel, Zanzibar

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A great base for exploring Stone Town, the All Seasons Hotel is located in the heart of the old part of Zanzibar City and just a few hundred metres from the beach. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV and a terrace. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant, and the hotel is situated within easy distance of an array of other restaurants and attractions, including the Old Fort of Zanzibar and the Persian Baths.

Sunset Bungalows, Zanzibar

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Sunset Bungalows hotel is located on the northern Kendwa Beaches of Zanzibar's main island. This tropical paradise is the perfect place to while away a few days before getting back on safari. Recently renovated rooms come with four-poster or twin share beds, air-conditioning, seating area and ensuite bathrooms. The onsite Sunset Restaurant serves a delicious variety of Swahili and international cuisine, as well as a selection of cocktails. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property and a beachside swimming pool offering wonderful ocean views.

Tan-Swiss Lodge, Mikumi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Tan-Swiss Lodge offers simple accommodation with ensuite bathrooms and twin share or double beds. Rooms are air-conditioned and offer TV and free Wi-Fi connection, plus a small verandah overlooking the beautiful gardens. Tan-Swiss Lodge is located less than 3km from the boundary with Mikumi National Park and amenities include a gift shop, laundry services, outdoor swimming pool and an onsite restaurant.

Kisolanza Farm (chalets), Iringa

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

This working farm is nestled around 50km from Iringa, in Tanzania's rural Southern Highlands. The farm has been the home of the Ghaui family since the 1930s. Still planted with crops today, it is also home to livestock including cattle and sheep. Onsite facilities include a farm shop selling the farm's own organic produce, as well as a spa, restaurant and bar. The restaurant is housed in a traditional mud building and serves fresh, local ingredients. Basic chalets are wood-built and rustically decorated with shared bathroom facilities. They are surrounded by organic gardens, where birds and butterflies roam serenely.

Chitimba Beach Camp (chalets), Lake Malawi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Chitimba Beach is found on the northern shore of Lake Malawi, surrounded by banana palms and papaya trees on a golden sandy beach. The property features a large thatched restaurant, bar and lounge area, and basic but comfortable chalets with shared facilities. Wi-Fi connection is provided and there are good hiking trails around the lake and the surrounding area. Beach volleyball can also be enjoyed, and there is a communal firepit.

Kande Beach (chalets), Lake Malawi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

A beachside resort on the western side of Lake Malawi, Kande Beach is a laid-back destination, perfect for unwinding in this part of Central Africa. Beach-side chalets are just metres from the lake, separated by a stretch of golden sand. Chalets are simply furnished and with shared bathroom facilities, plus a beachfront verandah. Watersports equipment can be hired by the hour and the onsite bar serves a selection of refreshing drinks, as well as boasting a pool table and table tennis. Nearby Tonga village is a short walk away for those looking to experience Malawian village life.

Mama Rula's (chalets), Chipata

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Located 6km outside the border town of Chipata, Mama Rula's B&B and campsite is ideally located between Lusaka and South Luangwa National Park. Comfortable ensuite chalets are housed in beautiful gardens and come with TV. The onsite restaurant serves vegetables grown in the gardens and there is an outdoor swimming pool that guests are free to use.

Eureka Camp (chalets), Lusaka

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Eureka Camp is situated on a private game farm and guests are treated to the sight of giraffes, zebra, and antelope wandering freely through the grounds. Located just a short drive from the Zambian capital, it is nevertheless a peaceful, rural place to stay. Travellers will stay in simply furnished private chalets with an en suite and twin beds. Facilities at the camp include an outdoor pool, volleyball pitch, BBQ area and bar complete with darts, pool and satellite TV.

The Victoria Falls Waterfront (chalets), Livingstone

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Just a few kilometres from one of Africa's finest natural wonders and found within Mosi oa Tunya National Park, The Victoria Falls Waterfront is an excellent base for discovering the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Basic chalets are located beside the Luangwa River, in the gardens of the Victoria Falls Waterfront. Boasting air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV, and ensuite facilities with private verandah. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property, an outdoor pool, restaurant, bar and activity centre offering different experiences at the falls.

Thebe River Lodge (chalets), Kasane

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Overlooking the Chobe River, this lodge complements the surrounding bush with its rustic design. Its guestrooms are nestled around a courtyard and offer free WiFi, air conditioning and an ensuite. Guests will also enjoy the swimming pool and hearty meals at the Thebe Restaurant. With both covered and al fresco dining areas, this restaurant boasts a wood-fire pizza oven and one of the best breakfasts in town. The bar’s buzzing atmosphere draws both visitors and locals, serving cold beverages alongside a satellite TV for you to catch up on the latest international news and sports.

Elephant Sands (chalets), Nata Region

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Set on an unfenced 16,000-hectare private conservancy, this bush lodge brings you face to face with some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. View elephants as they come to drink from the natural waterhole just meters away. The guestrooms are arranged in spacious chalets and equipped with ensuite bathrooms. A restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a bar offering a range of local and international wines, beers and exotic cocktails. You can also enjoy the small outdoor pool, where you can cool off and enjoy the peace and serenity of the African bush.

Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp (chalets), Maun

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

A series of chalets located in shaded gardens away from the hustle and bustle of Maun. Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp offers travellers an a la carte restaurant, shared lounge, bar and sun terrace. There is free Wi-Fi in communal areas. Chalets come with ensuite bathrooms, ceiling fans and some have air-conditioning. There is also a communal swimming pool for guests to enjoy.

Elephant Camp (permanent tents), Okavango Delta

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Located on the boundary of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Elephant Bush Camp is a rustic base for exploring the wildlife-rich Delta. There is an onsite dining area and pool, but the real charm here is the location, with elephants and other wildlife known to get very close to camp. 12 permanent tents form the accommodation, with ensuite bush bathroom including bucket showers. Optional activities including game walks and mokoro canoe trips can be booked onsite.

Zelda's Guest Farm (chalets), Gobabis

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Situated 25km from the border with Botswana, Zelda's Guest Farm houses 16 simply furnished ensuite chalets. Facilities available to guests include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Resident Nharo San families can also introduce guests to their traditional culture. There's a small watering hole onsite and additional game drives and bushman walks can be booked at reception.

Urban Camp (permanent tents), Windhoek

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Centrally located in Windhoek (a short walk from the legendary Joe's Beerhouse restaurant), Urban Camp combines city convenience with a quiet getaway. Free Wi-Fi and a sparkling pool all contribute to an oasis of calm. Permanent tents come with a private patio and BBQ area with garden views. 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.

Okaukuejo Camp (chalets), Etosha National Park

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Featuring a large number of ensuite chalets, the highlight of Okaukuejo Camp is probably the floodlit watering hole, where it is possible to see all manner of animals close up, including elephants, black rhino and antelope. There's also an onsite swimming pool, shop, bar and restaurant serving daily buffet breakfast and other meals. Ensuite rooms feature a fridge as well as tea and coffee-making facilities.

Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp (campsite), Spitzkoppe

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Staying in the shadow of the dramatic Spitzkoppe rock formations is a memorable experience, and at the Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp you can enjoy this experience knowing that the proceeds from your stay go straight to supporting the local community. Although there is no electricity or Wi-Fi at this remote camp, guests can enjoy hot showers and there are shared bathroom facilities. There is a small onsite bar and restaurant, and braai BBQ facilities are also provided.

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge, Swakopmund

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Amanpuri Travellers Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Swakopmund, close to the resort town's beaches, restaurants and shops. The onsite restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, you can grab a coffee or a beer at the bar, and there's a communal courtyard for relaxation. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property. If travelling on one of our Accommodated tours then you will enjoy an ensuite room at Amanpuri, whereas travellers on our camping tours will stay in dorm accommodation with shared bathroom facilities.

Sossus on Foot, Namib Naukluft National Park

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

On the road to Swakopmund and located just outside the small town of Solitaire, Sossus on Foot (also known as Bushman's Camp) offers 12 ensuite rooms, each with its own verandah for enjoying the desert scenery. Each unit also has its own BBQ facilities and large sliding doors and windows. Hot water is provided via solar showers and there is a small swimming pool for escaping the desert heat. A bar serves refreshing beers and there is a private watering hole for guests to watch the local wildlife.

Sossus Oasis Overland Camp (campsite), Namib Naukluft National Park

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Campsite

Surrounded by desert and found at the edge of Namib-Naukluft National Park, the pitches at this campsite are shaded by camel thorn trees and facilities include power outlets, water, lighting and a BBQ area. There's an onsite pool and shared bathroom facilities including showers with wonderful desert views! The Sossus Oasis shop sells a range of drinks, ice wood and other amenities. The restaurant at nearby Sossusvlei Lodge also comes well recommended.

Canyon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Littered with old car relics, some beautifully restored, the Canyon Road House is fast becoming one of Namibia's most iconic places to stay. With a beautiful bar in the middle of a museum of old vehicles, it really gives a feeling of the olden days. Rooms are designed in a beautiful bright style with stylish wooden furnishings. Take a dip in the refreshing outdoor pool overlooked by an authentic farm windmill making you feel like you are in the heart of the Wild West! This accommodation is located close to Fish River Canyon - the second biggest canyon in the world!

Highlanders Lodge & Campsite, Cederberg

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Offering a 12 roomed lodge, with ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning, Highlanders Lodge and Campsite is located in the heart of the beautiful Namaqualand wine-producing region of South Africa, at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains. Onsite food is locally sourced and there's a well-stocked wine bar next to the outdoor swimming pool. If travelling in winter you'll be glad of the fireplace and pool table. In better weather wine tasting and activities such as mountain biking or wild river swimming are possible.

At a Glance

Trip Type
Cape Town
Group Size
Min 6 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple Accommodation
Local Payment
$1780pp, paid in USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Breakfast: 42, Lunch: 33, Dinner: 32
Minimum Age
Arr. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Dep. Transfer
No - can be booked on request
Masai Mara tribespeople standing in a row wearing colourful clothes
Family of elephants walking across the road in front of a jeep in the Serengeti National Park
Hundreds of wildebeests on the savannah plains of Ngorongoro Crater
Zanzibar Highlight
victoria falls
Baby elephant following adult elephant across the dirt road at Chobe National Park
Mokoro boat gliding along the Okavango River
Gemsbok standing at a water hole at Etosha National Park
Colonial building and palm trees at dusk in Swakopmund
Orange sand dunes and rocky mountains at Namib Naukluft National Park
Stretch of the Orange River fringed with sandy and grassy landscape
Aerial view of Cape Town
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