This overland adventure and beach safari tour offers the renowned Big 5 game parks, the friendly laid back beaches of Lake Malawi, the tropical paradise of Zanzibar, and the Victoria Falls. Its ideal for those wanting to see the best of Africa.
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Day 1. Johannesburg to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .We are off early this morning out from Johannesburg via the Panoramic region on Mpumulanga and dropping down scenic escarpments to the Lowveld and the iconic Kruger National Park.
Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.Kruger National Park is home to some 505 species of birds and 148 species of mammals. This morning we aim to be at the gate when it opens at dawn with our local guide in specialised open 4x4 game drive vehicles.
Day 3. Hazyview to Tshipise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.From Hazyview this morning, it's northbound and into the Limpopo province of South Africa. The journey takes us through lush countryside and our camp for the night is located adjacent to the Honnet Nature Reserve 3 images Tshipise, South Africa
Day 4. Tshipise to Matobos, ZimbabweWe're up early this morning for the relatively short drive to the Limpopo River and the border with Zimbabwe. Once we complete the formalities our journey continues onwards via the broad tree lined avenues of Bulawayo and onto our camp in the nearby Matobo Area well known for its interesting rock formations and cultural significance.
Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.We are off the truck today and onto purpose built 4x4 game drive vehicles with our local guide to explore the Matobo National Park. Renowned for it's rhino population we have the opportunity to not only game drive but walk in this fantastic park which is home to the grave site of Cecil Rhodes. 4 images Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
Day 6. Bulawayo to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.Back on the truck today as we continue north through Zimbabwe, passing through the town of Victoria Falls and crossing the bridge that crosses the Zambezi. Looking left as we cross you should see the falls themselves. After completing the entry formalities into Zambia, its just a short distance to our camp on the banks of the Zambezi a few kilometres upstream from the falls themselves. 4 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia
Day 7-8. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Livingstone and the Victoria Falls area is the adventure playground of Southern Africa and we have two days here to enjoy a wide variety of optional activities. The team at the camp will take you through the options of what is available and make the necessary arrangements. Bungy, Raft, Canoe, Microlight, Game Drive, Bike, Village Walk... the choice is yours! 5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia
Day 9. Livingstone to LusakaVisiting the Victoria Falls this morning; which at high water forms the largest curtain of water in the world at over a mile wide and up to 100 metres deep.
Day 10. Lusaka to South Luangwa National ParkWe're off the tar road today and on to the beautiful South Luangwa National Park. Due to the seasonal rains in the area the park attracts a wide range of different animals with over 60 animal species and 400 bird species.
Day 11. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park.Today we are into specialised 4x4 game drive vehicles with our local guides, timing of this will depend on the season and will be chosen for the best experience.
Day 12. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.Good bye Zambia, Hello Malawi! Today we are onto country number 4 of our safari and its time to hit the beach.
Day 13. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.What's it to be today?
Day 14. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach.Onwards and Upwards through the warm heart of Africa, greeted by the smiles and waves from the friendly local population we travel through ordered rubber plantations to the northern provincial market town of Muzuzu and explore their vibrant and colourful market before heading back down to the lake shore.
Day 15. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Enough beach time? Stretch the legs and try the optional 11km hike up the Livingstonia Plateau to the Manchewe Falls where you can cool off from the tropical heat with a dip in the fresh pools.
Day 16. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, TanzaniaAnother border crossing day as we leave Malawi behind and head into the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Day 17. Iringa to Mikumi National Park areaWith Iringa behind us, we make our way to the forth largest National Park in Tanzania, the Mikumi National Park. You will notice a change in landscape to vast grassy plains and scattered baobab trees. With the opportunity of an optional game drive, should time allow you can then relax at the lodge. Boasting a large swimming pool and colourful restaurant/bar, ending the day with an outdoor fire under the African stars.
Day 18. Iringa to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.It's an early start today for the long drive into Dar es Salaam and its warm tropical beaches. Our route takes us through the Mikumi National Park and we may be lucky enough to see various animals close to the road including Elephant and Giraffe.
Day 19. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Island Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.Leaving the mainland and our truck behind we take an early morning fast ferry across to the spice island of Zanzibar. Zanzibar's evocative name conjures up images of idyllic palm fringed beaches, winding cobbled alleys and tropical forests.
Day 20-22. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.Northwards through the lush forests and spice plantations it onto the palm fringed sandy beaches on the North West coast of the Island.
Day 23. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.All good things must come to an end and after a final dip in the ocean it's back south to Stone Town and across on the afternoon ferry back to Dar es Salaam where we take the last ride on the truck back to our beach camp where the tour ends. 5 images Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Show more...
Saba Lodge is selectively chosen as it boasts of quality and comfort as well as being conveniently located. Within 15 minutes drive of O.R Tambo Airport, this establishment offers clients a taste of what their African adventure will entail. Set on 8000 square metres of land, with a tranquil rustic theme, a large deck and swimming pool, free uncapped fibre optic wifi, guests are sure to enjoy their stay. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. 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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour starts in Johannesburg on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive at least the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa and enjoy the array of activities that are available in and around the city. 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 also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Dar es Salaam area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.
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. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotels.
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, 4 x 4 safari vehicles 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.
22 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 15 Dinners
18 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 4 nights tourist class hotel