33 days – Northern Star

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33 days
Camping Group Tour
Johannesburg - Nairobi
South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 28
Tour Details

From international camping group tour starts in Johannesburg to Nairobi – Game cruise in Chobe National Park, game drive in Hwange and South Luangwa and the chance to safari in the famous game parks of Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Four nights allocated on the tropical spice island Zanzibar Island, relax at Lake Malawi and experience the extreme sports at Victoria Falls.

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Chobe National Park game drive • Game cruise • Victoria Falls • Sunset cruise • Interactive drumming Elephant ride • Whitewater rafting on the Zambezi • Flights over the Falls • Bungee jump • Gorge Swing • Rhino trek • Painted Dog Conservation Centre • Hwange National ParkSouth Luangwa (depending on the season) • Lake Malawi • Horse riding • Fishing village visit and traditional dancing • The Rift Valley • Zanzibar Island • Red colobus monkey trek • Dolphin boat cruise • Prison Island and the giant tortoise • Mnemba Atoll • Snorkelling and scuba diving • Kruger National ParkKhama Rhino SanctuaryMikumi National Park and more!

Please Note

Tents and roll mattresses are provided and the tents have sewn in floors and mosquito netting. You will need to bring a sleeping bag & sleep sheet. Get a cheap mosquito net in Africa if you want to sleep outside of your tent. If you start your trip in Nairobi or South Africa you can buy camping gear at the local department stores. All campsites have good ablution facilities & bars, and some have restaurants, shops and internet facilities. About half the campsites have upgrades to hut or cabins for an extra charge.


Minimum age is 18. Average age of the passengers is between 18 – 39 but if you are an open minded person more at age and you don’t mind climbing daily in and out the overland truck you are more than welcome to join!


There is also the occasional opportunity to upgrade to a dorm-style chalet or simple hut accommodation with a bed if you think you might need a break from camping. This usually costs about 20 USD a night. Availability is very limited though, and you need to be considerate of everyone else on the truck. Do budget accordingly if you might wish to upgrade once or twice on route. Please check Tour Information for Optional Extras.

Hotel Pickup

The Northern Star Safari departs from the Backpackers Ritz of Johannesburg at 7.00 am on the departure date. We can reserve accommodation for you prior to departure in Johannesburg at the Backpackers Ritz

Departure & Return Location

Johannesburg – Nairobi

Departure Time

07h00 AM from Johannesburg on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Breakfast & dinner whilst travelling on the truck
  • Some pre-prepared barbecues
  • Contribution to final group meal
  • Camping whilst travelling on the truck
  • Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
  • Services of tour crew
  • Ongoing advice
  • All road tolls & taxes are paid
  • South Luangwa depending on the season • Hwange National Park • Painted Dog Conservation Centre • Chobe game cruise • Kruger National Park • Khama Rhino reserve
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Local Tour Payment: US$430. The local payment is a separate payment from the initial price you pay before you leave. If a local payment is required it will be shown with the trip price. This second payment is made in Africa at the start of your trip. It is payable in USD. The local payment provides us with the means for expenses that need to be paid in cash to local businesses en route to be arranged in the most cost effective manner possible, a saving we can then pass on to you. It also means we can operate in a way that directly supports local businesses and wildlife authorities as we travel. Local Payment will not be changed once you have booked your travel arrangements. We also offer tours without Local Payments. One fixed price for the tour and activities which you pay all at once to us. Contact us to point them out to you on our website!
  • Visa
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers (available on request)
  • Optional extra's and excursions
  • Sleeping Bag and Pillow
  • Alcoholic- and soft drinks
  • Pre- and post tour accommodation
  • Vaccinations and anti malarials as required
  • Lunch and drinks throughout, as well as breakfast and dinner when the truck parks up at Dar es Salaam and Victoria Falls.
  • Meals when the truck is parked up at activity hubs - Victoria Falls and on Zanzibar Island
  • Extra equipment including sleeping bag, torch and medical kit
  • NB: the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are not inclusive of the price but an optional extra during the last days of the tour


Johannesburg, Kruger National park, Blyde River canyon
Optional: Soweto tour, Apartheid Museum


Khama rhino reserve, Kasane, Chobe National Park game cruise.
Optional: Rhino trek, night game drives in Hkama reserve, game drive in Chobe National Park.

Day 9 - 12ZIMBABWE

Guided game drives in Hwange National Park, visit to Painted Dog Conservation Centre, Victoria Falls
Optional: Second game drive in Hwange National Park, horse rides, white water rafting, canoeing, ‘Flight of the Angels’ scenic flights, bungee jump, gorge swing,rap jump, flying fox, sunset cruise and many other activities based around Victoria Falls.

Day 13 - 17ZAMBIA

Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, Chipata, South Luangwa National Park
Optional: Evening game drive in South Luangwa National Park

Day 18 - 20MALAWI

Lake Malawi beach camp, village visits including for a traditional meal and curio markets.
Optionals: Water sports, horse riding in the Lake, school visit.

Day 21 - 23TANZANIA

The mountains of the southern Rift Valley, camping over at The Farmhouse at Iringa. Baobab Valley, Mikumi National Park, Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast.

Day 24 - 27TANZANIA

Zanzibar Island
4 nights are allocated for the optional beach stay on Zanzibar Island. For the Zanzibar stay we can reserve accommodation for 3 nights in popular affordable beach accommodation on one of Zanzibar’s best beaches, as well as a night within ancient Stone Town. All other requirements including the ferry bookings, a spice tour and transfers can also be arranged.
Optionals: Free time for the option to visit Zanzibar Island from day 24, returning to stay the night in the town of Bagamoyo on day 28.

Other options to budget for include snorkelling and scuba diving on Zanzibar sweeping coral reefs, to Prison Island famous for its giant tortoise population and to Jozani Forest to see the red colobus monkeys. All accommodation and transfers including a spice tour on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Day 28 - 32TANZANIA

Bagamoyo, Arusha, with evening celebratory barbecue on our return from the game parks.
Optional: 3 day/2 night safari: Afternoon and morning game drives in the Serengeti National Park, afternoon drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, morning game drives in Ngorongoro Crater.


Shuttle transfer through to Nairobi.

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. In particular this itinerary can vary from 27 to 29 days. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature. The unexpected can arise, so do allow for this.

Why choose this tour
We have chosen this overland tour because this local partner has been active in the overland industry for over 35 years. They only use qualified and passionate tour leaders with a big love for Africa and they love their job. They use good materials (truck, tents and cooking equipment), they are a small-scale company with attention for personal contact and satisfaction. They are based in Arusha.

What is different to other tours
-They do not have personal lockers in the truck
-You need to bring your own cutlery
-This trip is made up of components and quite often during the safari you will probably meet clients doing shorter and longer sections of your trip depending on the booking patterns for the months you are travelling. This makes it very dynamic.
-Most lunches are not included.
-There are quit a few optional activities. -This way you can design and control your budget more

African Travels, specialist in group tours to Africa
The founders of African Travels (born and raised in Africa) have worked on overland tours through the whole of Africa. With a background as tour leaders on African overland tours we give honest and independent travel 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 generally more popular with travellers aged 20-30, keen for a party. We only work together with our personal network which we built over the last 30 years.

We offer a price beat guarantee. Have you seen the same tour somewhere else cheaper? Let us know at the time of booking your tour and we give you the same rate. Only applicable at the time of confirmation. Due to the ever-changing exchange rates we cannot adjust all our prices on a daily basis.



I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single tent. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use USD and your Bank card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.