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An African adventure that takes you from the beaches of Zanzibar to game viewing in Chobe and Etosha National Parks. Discover the fascinating people and places of Africa, the beauty of Lake Malawi, the wildness of Botswana and the rush of adrenaline at the Victoria Falls/Livingstone.
This safari is also available in reverse starting in Cape Town and ending in Dar es Salaam.
Day 1. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.Our journey kicks off, not on the Overland Truck but on the fast ferry across to the spice island of Zanzibar. Our first night is in Stone Town where we have the opportunity to explore the markets and bazaars. 7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Day 2. Stone Town to Kendwa Beach Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.Enjoying the free time and relaxed pace of the island we head north through the island up to the beautiful northern beaches. 5 images Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania
Day 3. Kendwa BeachEnjoy the tranquil beaches and possibly take a dhow safari to snorkel and swim in the clear warm waters or possibly explore the local area. The day is free to do as much or as little as you like!
Day 4. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Leaving the beautiful Zanzabari beaches behind this morning we travel down through the island to Stone Town prior to catching the ferry this afternoon back to Dar es Salaam where we are met by our truck and transferred back to our beachside camp for the night. 2 images Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Day 5. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park area Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Our first travelling day on the truck starts early as we negotiate the traffic to get out of the city and once out on the open road we travel through the beautiful countryside of Tanzania.
Our journey takes us through the Mikumi National Park where we may be lucky enough to spot some animals grazing alongside the road and on to our camp a short distance from the park.
If time allows, we may have the opportunity for a game drive in the park itself.
Day 6. Mikumi National Park to IringaContinuing on through Tanzania the route takes us up towards the Southern Highlands along with a pleasant fresh climate.
Our camp for the night is at a working organic farm which has been in the same family for over 70 years known for its cosy bar and fantastic chocolate brownies.
Day 7. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.Travelling through the rolling hills dotted with tea plantations we gradually drop down towards the border with Malawi at the Songwe River. After completing the formalities our journey takes us on to the sparkling blue waters of Lake Malawi and our beach camp. 4 images Lake Malawi, Malawi
Day 8. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.We have a day at leisure on the beach or we can enjoy the hike up the Livingstonia Plateau to the Manchewe Falls to take in some stunning views over the lake and have a refreshing swim in the pools. 4 images Lake Malawi, Malawi
Day 9. Chitimba Beach to Kande BeachContinuing onwards through Malawi, our route takes us inland through the market town of Muzuzu where we have the chance to explore the colourful markets before continuing onwards through ordered rubber plantations along the lake shore to Kande Beach.
Day 10. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.We have a relaxing day at leisure today on the beautiful beaches of Lake Malawi.
There are a wide variety of different activities available at Kande Beach either on or in the water, swimming, snorkelling or diving or possibly on land visiting the local village or horse riding in the forests and beaches. 4 images Kande Beach Activities, Malawi
Day 11. Kande Beach to Chipata, ZambiaTravelling from the beach and Lake Malawi, our journey takes us to the north of the capital city, Lilongwe before reaching the border with Zambia.
We patiently wait for border formalities to be completed before continuing onto the nearby town of Chipata with its colourful markets and mosques. Our camp is a short distance out of town.
Day 12. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Continuing onwards through Zambia passing numerous small villages we eventually reach the capital city, Lusaka and our camp a short distance out of the city on a peaceful farm.
Day 13. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.After another day of travelling through Zambia we reach the town of Livingstone close to the mighty Victoria Falls. We visit the falls themselves and walk around the various pathways taking in this awe inspiring sight.
Our camp is just upstream from the falls themselves on the banks of the Zambezi and there are a wide range of different activities on offer in the area. Our team will be on hand to assist in ensuring we make the most of our time here. 2 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia
Day 14-16. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.We have three days at leisure in the Livingstone area. Possibly enjoy a day white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi river shooting rapids with makes like 'The Devils Toilet Bowl' and 'Overland Truck Eater' or maybe take a more relaxed canoe safari on the upper stretches of the river. 5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia
Day 17. Livingstone to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana.Travelling the sort distance to the Kazangula Ferry we cross the border into Botswana and on to the nearby Chobe National Park.
This afternoon we embark on a Fish Eagle Cruise on the Chobe River hoping to get some fantastic game viewing. 7 images Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana
Day 18. Chobe National Park to Nata Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana. Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.We are up early this morning to enjoy a 4x4 game drive in Chobe National Park after cruising on the river we get a different perspective on the park.
Rejoining the truck we continue our journey through Botswana where we may even encounter more animals along the road before reaching our camp in Nata. Unfenced from the wildlife we are often lucky enough to have animals roaming through the camp, most notably herds of Elephants. 5 images Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana 4 images Chobe National Park, Botswana 1 images Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana
Day 19. Nata to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana.Continuing westwards through Botswana and the sands of the Kalahari we reach the town of Maun which is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Stocking up on supplies in town before having the afternoon relaxing in the pleasant camp.
Day 20. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.Leaving our camp we are onto a 4x4 truck and then into traditional dugout canoes (mokoros) where we explore this vast inland delta with it's labyrinth of channels and islands.
The Delta is a wilderness paradise and while exploring both on foot and in the mokoros we may be lucky enough to have some good game sightings.
Our camp on one of the islands provides a wilderness home for the night. 4 images Okavango Delta, Botswana
Day 21. Okavango Delta to MaunAfter a morning game walk we retrace our steps back to the base in Maun. This afternoon we can either check out the town or take an optional flight over the delta and try spotting some game from the air!
Day 22. Maun to Ghanzi Highlights. Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana.Travelling on through the vastness of Botswana and the edges of the Kalahari Desert we reach the small settlement of Ghanzi. Here we meet the San / Bushmen and learn about their culture and how they survive in this harsh and seemingly barren landscape. 2 images Kalahari Bushman Walk, Botswana
Day 23. Ghanzi to Windhoek, Namibia Highlights. Windhoek, Namibia.Travelling on west we leave Botswana behind and enter Namibia. First off we travel to Windhoek, the small capital city with its interesting Germanic colonial architecture. This evening we might enjoy visiting one of the well known German restaurants in the city.
Day 24. Windhoek to Etosha National ParkWith a change of direction we head north towards the Etosha National Park and the vast salt pan that dominates the landscape. The shimmering white pan can apparently been seen from space.
There are a variety of waterholes in the park and we camp at one of these. Floodlit at night it allows us to head down to watch animals come in to drink under the cover of darkness.
Day 25. Etosha National Park Highlights. Etosha National Park, Namibia.We enjoy a full day game driving in the park today hoping to catch site of some of the animals that the park is so famous for including elephant, giraffe and possibly rhino.
This evening we return to our camp by the waterhole to hopefully catch some more nocturnal sightings. 7 images Etosha National Park, Namibia
Day 26. Etosha National Park to Spitzkoppe Highlights. Spitzkoppe, Namibia.Having travelled through the Etosha National Park our journey takes us south through the eerily beautiful Damaraland region of Namibia to Spitzkoppe and it's unique rock formations dotted with bushman paintings.
We stay in a community run camp at the foot of the rock formations. 4 images Spitzkoppe, Namibia
Day 27. Spitzkoppe to SwakopmundHeading for the west coast of the African continent and the cool waters of the South Atlantic we are heading for Swakopmund, a cool and refreshing seaside town, from where we can take part in a variety of different activities both in the nearby sand dunes and over them!
Day 28. Swakopmund Highlights. Swakopmund, Namibia.We have the day at leisure today to possibly enjoy quad biking, sand boarding or even a sky dive! Maybe however it could be simply enjoying some of the fantastic coffee shops in the town 4 images Swakopmund, Namibia
Day 28. Swakopmund to Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region Highlights. Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia. The Tropic of Capricorn.Leaving the coast behind, we turn inland over the Tropic of Capricorn, stopping for a photo opportunity en-route to our desert camp. It's here we admire the views over this vast desert and spend the night under canvas.
1 images Sossus On Foot Camp, Khomas Region, Namibia 2 images The Tropic of Capricorn
Day 30. Sossus On Foot camp, Khomas Region to Sesriem area Highlights. Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Sesriem Canyon, Namibia. Sossusvlei, Namibia.Up early this morning to enter the Namib Naukluft National Park. The rising sun causes the sands to appear as if they are changing colour and we are able to watch the desert come to life by climbing Dune 45. After the challenging climb we are rewarded by a hearty breakfast before taking a shuttle to Dead Vlei where we have a guided tour. 3 images Dune 45, Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia 1 images Sesriem Canyon, Namibia 4 images Sossusvlei, Namibia
Day 31. Sesriem to Fish River Canyon Highlights. Fish River Canyon, Namibia.Our journey continues southbound through the barren and rocky landscape dotted with strange looking quiver trees.
Reaching the Fish River Canyon, which, at over 160km long is the worlds second largest.
Our crew will take you to the best spots for some stunning photo opportunities 4 images Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Day 32. Fish River Canyon to Orange River Highlights. Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia. Accommodation. Felix Unite.Heading south, we travel through rocky terrain dotted with quiver trees and succulents native to the area and make our way to the Orange River bordering Namibia and South Africa. Our camp is located on the river bank on the Namibian side and here you will have the opportunity to take an option canoe, walk the magnificent rugged kloofs or relax by the water.
3 images Orange (Gariep) River, Namibia 4 images Felix Unite
Day 33. Orange River to Cederberg Area Highlights. Cederberg, South Africa.Our penultimate day on the truck takes us from the Namibia side across the border to South Africa of the arid Northern Cape towards the fruit and citrus growing areas of the Western Cape. Travelling through this area in the spring months we will be rewarded by views over fields of wildflowers.
This afternoon we have the opportunity to taste some of South Africa's locally produced wine at our camp overlooking vineyards. 1 images Cederberg, South Africa
Day 34. Cederberg Area to Cape Town Highlights. Cape Town, South Africa.Back onto the truck for the final leg of our adventure down to the 'Mother City' Cape Town. One of the world's most iconic cities dominated by Table Mountain towering over the city.
We recommend having a couple of extra days in Cape Town at the end of the journey to make the most of everything that is on offer here. 2 images Cape Town, South Africa Show more...
Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam
An informal and secure thatched resort set on a golden stretch of beach on the south coast of Dar es Salaam and reached by ferry from the city centre. The relaxed restaurant is well-known for its seafood, and has tables set in the sand and hammocks strung up in the palm trees. Rooms – single, twin, double or family share bandas, some en suite, camping. Facilities – restaurant and bar. The Indian Ocean here is ideal for swimming.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Ashanti Lodge Green Point, Cape Town
Stylish and comfortable, this recently renovated upmarket budget lodge in Green Point is just across the road from the impressive Cape Town Stadium. It’s an ideal location for easy access to tourist attractions, beaches and shops, within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, and a short taxi ride to the city centre and the Table Mountain Cableway. Rooms - dorms, twins, doubles and singles. There are a limited number of en suite rooms available. Facilities - plunge pool, kitchen, bar, laundry service, Internet, Breakfast available. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Dar es Salaam early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings. If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa.
Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can pre-book this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Cape Town area’s that can be arranged locally.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In the Okavango Delta we use twin share pre-erected tents with basic en-suite facilities. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotels. In Swakopmund we use multi shared accommodation (dorm).
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, mokoro (dugout canoe), river boat, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.
34 Breakfasts, 23 Lunches, 24 Dinners
Camping in 2-person dome tents
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
Chobe NP, Fish Eagle Boat Cruise*
Chobe NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Okavango Delta Wilderness Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari*
Kalahari Bushman Walk
Etosha NP, Game Drives
Spitzkoppe, Bushman Paintings
Sossusvlei Shuttle and guided walk*
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Items of a personal nature
Meals on Zanzibar (Lunches x 3, Dinners x3)