A 22-day African overland adventure that takes you from the sunny beaches of Zanzibar to the plains where the Big 5 roam.
Day 1. Dar es Salaam to Stone Town Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.It's an early start on the first day of the overland tour as we make our way to the ferry terminal to catch the ferry across to Zanzibar. Zanzibar conjures up images of the exotic and the first stop is the capital, Stone Town. Here we can explore the winding passage ways of the bazaars and markets on foot, ending the day with a delicious cocktail and views of the sunset over the ocean. 7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Day 2-3. Stone Town to Kendwa Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.Today we are off to the Northern Beaches of Zanzibar with time to relax and kick back. Kendwa has beautiful palm fringed beaches and some epic diving spots for scuba divers and snorklers to explore. Enjoy the time to do as much or as little as you like.
Day 4. Zanzibar Island to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Winding our way back down towards Stone Town today, there is time for a last swim or to grab a deal on souvenirs in the market before jumping back on the ferry to the mainland.
Day 5. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.We set off early in our overland truck this morning to make our way through the city traffic and onwards heading west across the Tanzanian landscape. As we settle into the rhythm of a day on the truck, we pass various villages and towns before driving through Mikumi National Park. We should be lucky enough to spot some elephant or giraffe grazing along the roadside.
Day 6. Mikumi to IringaOnwards and upwards we head to the highlands via the picturesque Baobab Valley! Our destination today is a working farm in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Kisolanza is blessed with a pleasant climate which results in some fantastic produce. Don't forget to indulge in their famous chocolate brownies!
Day 7. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Lake Malawi, Malawi.Before we bid farewell to Tanzania today, we traverse down the Southern Highlands through lush tea and banana plantations and rich grazing land. We cross into Malawi at the Songwe River.
Day 8. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Chitimba is located at the foot of the Livingstonia plateau which takes it's name from the famous explorer, David Livingstone. He based himself at a mission station high in the surrounding hills where he taught the local Malawian people about Christianity and hoped to improve their standard of living. If you're feeling energetic and adventurous you can trek to the Manchewe Falls and the Livingstonia Mission. The 11km trek is well worth it and you will be rewarded by a cooling natural bath at the top.
Day 9. Chitimba Beach to Kande BeachFrom one beach to another is how this part of the overland adventure goes. Our journey continues south through the market town of Muzuzu where we stock up on provisions and browse the local markets. Further on, the road takes us through rubber plantations before we arrive at our home for the next couple of nights at Kande Beach..
Day 10. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Located on a sandy beach with the fresh water of Lake Malawi stretching out to the horizon, Kande is a great spot to do as little or as much as you desire. Explore the village, horse ride, scuba dive in the warm waters of the lake in search of tropical Cichlids or kick back in a hammock on the beach. The choice is yours! 4 images Kande Beach Activities, Malawi
Day 11. Kande Beach to ChipataLeaving the lake shore, it's time to get the passports ready as we cross into Zambia today, heading to Chipata. This colourful market town has a large Indian population which makes it quite a melting pot of cultures and wonders.
Day 12. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Heading West on the Great Eastern road our journey takes us to Zambia's capital, Lusaka. Southern Africa's fastest growing city, Lusaka, is a real hub with transport links heading North, South, East and West.
Day 13. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.Our overland journey through Zambia continues on to our destination Livingstone. Our campsite is on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River just upstream from the famous Victoria Falls. This will be our home for the next four nights and offers the perfect base to explore Livingstone, the Victoria Falls and the surrounding area. 4 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia
Day 14-16. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Livingstone, located on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River and the mighty Victoria Falls is arguably the adventure capital of Southern Africa.
Day 17. Livingstone to BulawayoAnother day, another country! Crossing the Victoria Falls bridge this morning we enter Zimbabwe and continue south to Bulawayo, a pretty colonial city with wide tree-lined avenues. Our camp for the night is in the Matopos area, well known for its interesting hills, rich cultural and colonial history and quirky rock formations.
Day 18. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.The Matobo hills have strong cultural and spiritual significance to the indigenous people and many Bushman paintings can be found in the area. Not only is there a vast amount of cultural interests, but the park is also home to amazing concentrations of wild animals including large populations of both Black and White Rhino.
Day 19. Bulawayo to Tshipise, South Africa Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.We make our final border crossing today into South Africa- the last country we visit on our overland tour. Entering at Beitbridge, we cross the Limpopo River just a few hours south of Bulawayo.
Day 20. Tshipise to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .Our destination today is on the outskirts of one of the world's most famous national parks, Kruger. Our route takes us southbound through the farming towns of northern province and along the western edge of the park and the scenery en route varies in this very fertile region of South Africa.
Day 21. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.To make most of our full day Kruger safari game drive, we're up before sunrise to arrive at the park gate when it opens at dawn. Using professional, local guides in open 4x4 vehicles, we benefit from a wealth of knowledge gained from them being in the park day in, day out. We break for lunch at one of the comfortable rest camps in the park before continuing our Kruger safari into the late afternoon.
Day 22. Hazyview to JohannesburgOur final day of our safari tour in Africa takes us from the lowveld and up into the highveld and the beating heart of South Africa- Johannesburg. Also known as the the City of Gold, this is where our overland journey must come to an end late in the afternoon on arrival in the city. Show more...
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. Saba Lodge, Johannesburg
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.
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 Johannesburg 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. 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, 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.
21 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners
118 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 3 nights tourist class hotel