22 days Zanzibar, Victoria Falls & Kruger
Dar es Salaam - Johannesburg.
Enjoy the sun, sea and safari during this African Adventure! This overland tour will take you from East to Southern Africa experiencing some of the best attractions along the way. From the tropical island of Zanzibar to the thundering Victoria Falls via Lake Malawi and finishing with two of Southern Africa's great game parks - Matobo NP and Kruger.
This awesome adventure is also available as an accommodated tour!
Day 1. Dar es Salaam to Stone Town
Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.
We make an early start today and catch the ferry over to Zanzibar. We spend our first night in the capital Stone Town. Explore the town on foot visiting the bazaars, mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways.
This evening it's time to chill out with a tasty cocktail at one of the rooftop bars enjoying the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Day 2-3. Stone Town to Kendwa Beach, Zanizibar
Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.
Heading north we leave Stone Town and make our way to northern beaches on the island. Your time is free here so relax on the beach or take on some of the optional activities like scuba diving and snorkelling.
Whether you'd like to spend your time lazing in a hammock with the lulling sound of the ocean or prefer to get active with activities - there's something for everyone at Kendwa Beach.
Day 4. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Bidding our farewell to the beach we make our way back to Stone Town and head back to the mainland and Dar es Salaam. Once back in Dar es Salaam, it's only a short transfer back to our camp on the beach.
Enjoy the last night with the soft sounds of the Indian Ocean as tomorrow we head west!
Day 5. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi
Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.
Leaving the coast we make our way inland through Mikumi National Park where we may be lucky enough to see elephant and giraffe along the way. Our camp for the night is just a short distance out of the national park itself.
Day 6. Mikumi to Iringa
Today we journey to the town of Iringa and the Kislonza Farmhouse in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. This working farm has been family run for over 70 years and provides organic meat to the surrounding markets as well as Dar es Salaam.
Nestled on the Tanzanian Highlands, the evening is crisp and cool - perfect to enjoy a night in the quaint boma with the coal stove and an amarula hot chocolate.
Day 7. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi
Today we leave Tanzania and cross the Songwe border into Malawi. Lake Malwai covers almost a fifth of the countries area and has the highest of endemic fish species of any lake in the world.
Our first night is spent at the northern lake at a lovely beach camp outside a local village.
Day 8. Chitimba Beach
Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.
Today you can relax on the beach, take a walk round the local village or take an 11km hike to the Manchewe Falls, enjoying the view from the hills.
The nearby mission was established by David Livingstone and makes an interesting visit in the midst of the rolling Malawian hills.
Day 9. Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach
We continue south today we drive to Kande Beach via the northern region's capital Mzuzu. After stocking up on supplies, we continue on back to the lake where we spend the next 2 nights.
Day 10. Kande Beach
Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.
At Kande try out some of the water sports that are on offer to explore the freshwater tropical fish or explore the surrounding countryside on horseback.
Day 11. Kande Beach to Chipata
We leave Lake Malawi today making our way across the border into Zambia and the town of Chipata. The Capital of Zambia's Eastern Province, Chipata has an approximate population of 98,000.
Day 12. Chipata to Lusaka
Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.
We leave early and travel the Great Eastern Road crossing the Luangwa River to Lusaka. Lusaka is Southern Africa's fastest growing city with approximately 1.7m currently living in the city.
Day 13. Lusaka to Livingstone
Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.
Leaving Lusaka we make our way south to Livingstone where we visit and experience the spray from Victoria Falls. 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.
Day 14-16. Livingstone
Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.
The next few days are free for you to take part in full or half day optional activities. Some of the activities available are bungee jumping, white water rafting, village walk, sunset cruise, gorge swing, helicopter/microlight ride, fishing and even visit neighbouring Zimbabwe. When not enjoying time out exploring, the camp is home to 2 swimming pools and a restaurant to ensure you can relax and enjoy your free time.
Day 17. Livingstone to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
We leave Livingstone today and cross the border into Zimbabwe passing through the town of Victoria Falls to Bulawayo. Our campsite is located in the Matopos Area surrounded by hills and quirky rock formations.
Day 18. Matobo National Park
Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.
We make the short journey to Matobo National Park today and meet our knowledgeable guides who will lead us on foot around this impressive park. Matobo is home to the largest concentration of black and white rhino in Africa. We are lucky enough to enjoy a wilderness walk and game drive in the Matobo National Park today.
Day 19. Bulawayo to Tshipise, South Africa
Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.
Today we leave Bulawayo and make our way south to the border of South Africa at the busy Beitridge. We cross South Africa's second largest river the Limpopo just a few hours south of Bulawayo. Border formalities can be time consuming but once completed we continue to our home for the night, a comfortable campsite at Tshipise, home to one of the hot springs in the area. Enjoy a night time swim in the heated pools under a starry sky.
Day 20. Tshipise to Hazyview
Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing .
Leaving Tshipise we make our way to further South to the Hazyview area and South Africa's premier game reserve, Kruger National Park. The park is home to the 'big 5' as well as 148 mammal and over 505 bird species.
Tonight we embrace the local Shangaan Culture and enjoy some traditional dancing and learn about the local tribe.
Our camp is in Hazyview, just a short distance from the Kruger National Park where we prepare for a full day game driving tomorrow.
Day 21. Kruger National Park
Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.
We start the day early boarding our open 4x4 safari vehicles for a full days game drive searching for the many animals to be found in the park.
With an abundance of wildlife, Kruger is home to a number of different habitats and biomes making it a crucial conservation area for many African wildlife, birdlife and flora species. Spend the day out exploring the many winding roads in search of the Big Five, the little Five and the many of spectacular sights of the park.
Day 22. Hazyview to Johannesburg
Highlights. Johannesburg City.
We leave Hazyview today and make our way to Johannesburg where our tour ends.
We have chosen this overland tour because this local partner has been in the overland industry for over 18 years. They have come a long way since their first overland truck set off across Africa more than 18 years ago. Right from the start, their passion has been for adventure. Over the years, they have grown in size and experience, and developed their love and knowledge of Africa and ties with its people. Their focus is on responsible tourism which they will guide you through along the trip. They only use qualified and passionate tour leaders with a big love for Africa and the love for their job. They use good materials (truck, tents and cooking equipment) and they are NOT a big corporate company where you end up being a number instead of a person.
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The founders of African Travels (born and raised in Africa) have worked on overland tours through the whole of Africa. With a background as tourleaders on African overland tours we give honest and independent advice. It matters to us that you are travelling with like minded people. A small group tour is more popular with the 40 crowd and a camping tour with 22 passengers is more popular with the 20-30 travellers, keen for a party. We only work together with our personal network who we built over the last 30 years.
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