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36 Day Cape Town to Zanzibar Overland Trip

36 Day Cape Town to Zanzibar Overland Trip

Starts Cape Town & travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, finishing in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Special offer for bookings made before end August 2014
Operator rating 9.8/10 from 53 trip reviews
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Price: GBP £1,150 per person
Currency Price: ZAR R20,148 /person estimated
Type: Overland Trip
Duration: 36 days
Customise: This Overland Trip cannot be customised
Starting in: South Africa
On-Route: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Zanzibar
Ending in: Tanzania
Accommodation: Camping
Game Parks:
Etosha NP (Namibia)
Okavango Delta (Botswana)
Victoria Falls
Chobe NP (Botswana)
Namib Naukluft NP (Namibia)
South Luangwa NP (Zambia)
Activities: Cultural Tours, Wildlife Viewing, Game Drives, Watersports, Snorkelling, Quad Biking, Bungee Jumping
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Itinerary

36 Day Cape Town to Zanzibar Overland Trip

SPECIAL OFFER
10% discount for any booking made prior to 31st August 2014, travelling any dates

Beginning our safari at the foot of Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain, we travel through Namibia’s dramatic desert and desolate coastline before journeying inland to the tranquil lagoons and waterways of the Okavango Delta, and wildlife rich Chobe National Park. From there we take in the sight of the magnificent Victoria Falls, the picturesque Lake Malawi and end the trip with some relaxing days on Zanzibar’s dazzling beaches. This is a perfect combination of diverse scenery, rewarding wildlife viewing and time at leisure on the beach.

This trip departs from Cape Town early on Sunday morning. Should you wish to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned and accommodation booked through us

Trip price £1150 per person
Plus Local payment US$995 per person

Please Note:
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions.
All prices & Local Payments are subject to change.
Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a truck and crew change during the trip. Your arrival transfer and pre-trip accommodation in a dorm bed is included in your trip price. Should you choose not to make use of these, or in the event that were not updated with your arrival details, no refund will be paid for services not used.

Included Highlights
Township Tour, Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Namib Nauklift National Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe, Cheetah Park, Etosha National Park, *Chobe Overnight Excursion, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar Ferry,

DAY 1: Cape Town to Cederberg Area (L / D)
Before leaving Cape Town, we depart on a township tour in and around Cape Town. This is an included highlight allowing everyone to experience it. From here we head around Table Bay and continue north through the wheat growing ‘bread basket’ of South Africa. We cross the Piketberg Pass into the rich fruit growing area along the Olifants River, named for the vast Elephant herds that used to roam in this fertile valley.

Our first night is spent in a picturesque campsite with a view of the surrounding wine farms. This afternoon we have the opportunity to sample some of the nectar of the gods after taking a short walk in the surrounding vineyards to explore the exquisite views of the Cederberg Mountains. Tonight we camp under a canvass of stars – the perfect way to begin our African adventure.

DAY 2: Cederberg Area to the Gariep River (B / L / D)
From the Cederberg we travel further north through the region known as Namaqualand, well known for its prolific display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. After stopping for supplies in the small mining town of Springbok, we continue on through the desert area of the Richtersveld to the Gariep River, the natural land border between South Africa and Namibia, where we camp at a beautiful campsite on the South African bank of the river.

DAY 3: Gariep River to Fish River Canyon (Namibia) (B / L / D)
This morning we have the option of a half-day canoe trip on the beautiful Gariep River, affording us the opportunity of some bird watching or just a scenic and relaxing paddle. After lunch we cross into Namibia where, after a short drive, we reach the Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world. The outer canyon was formed by tectonic activity, while the erosion of the Fish River formed the inner canyon. A road follows the eastern rim, giving us access to several viewing points from where we can take in the spectacular vistas.

DAY 4: Fish River Canyon to Sesriem (B / L / D)
An early start today, heading north we enter the area of the Namib-Naukluft desert, one of the oldest in the world. We base ourselves at Sesriem, a good place to experience the Namib and its many moods. A short distance away is Sossusvlei, surrounded by a dramatic sea of sand dunes reputed to be the highest in the world. Magnificent views of the desert can be seen from the top of the dunes, some over 300 m high. Make sure you look up at the stars tonight; the desert puts on a show like nowhere else in the world!

DAY 5: Sesriem (B / L / D)
This morning we enter the Namib-Naukluft National Park where we spend the morning exploring this amazing area. View the sunrise from the top of Dune 45 - a truly memorable experience. Following our sunrise experience you will have the option to take the desert shuttles a further 5kms into the desert where you can take a walk to Sossusvlei and explore the surrounding area. An optional guided walk is available at an additional cost. After our leisurely morning exploring the desert and its dunes.

DAY 6: Sesriem to Swakopmund (B)
This morning after breakfast we head off in a north-westerly direction to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay. Our drive takes us across the Tropic of Capricorn – the ‘imaginary line’ that shows the southernmost point of direct sun, and signals the southern hemisphere’s mid-summers day. From Walvis Bay, we follow the coast for some 35 km to arrive at Namibia’s prime holiday resort - Swakopmund where we enjoy 2 nights of rest, relaxation and a little bit of adrenalin for those that are keen! Accommodation will be in dormitories for the next 2 nights, upgrades into private rooms are possible, but depend on availability and can be booked with your trip leader.

DAYS 7: Swakopmund (B)
Founded by the Germans in 1892, their colonial influence is still evident today. Swakopmund has a selection of excellent coffee shops, restaurants & bars as well as many arts and crafts shops selling Namibian curios. There are fine beaches to walk along as well as a great museum, aquarium and galleries to visit. Alternatively, the lovely beach and promenade make for a great relaxing walk – though bathing in the ocean waters may be somewhat chilly! Some of our fellow passengers may leave us in Swakop, to be replaced by new passengers joining us for the rest of our trip.

OPTIONAL excursions include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more. An activity briefing will be held on arrival in Swakopmund (see price guide at the end of this document).

DAY 8: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe (B / L / D)
Our departure from Swakopmund takes us to the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’ - Spitzkoppe. The 1728 m high rock formation, one of Namibia’s most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San sacred site. The area we camp in is managed by the local community who offer local guides for guided walks to the San Rock Art at an additional cost. Explore the surrounding area and its San rock paintings or simply enjoy the magnificent views. Tonight we bush camp (no ablution facilities) under the African stars.

DAY 9: Spitzkoppe to Cheetah Park (B / L / D)
Today’s drive takes us further north through the Namibian countryside is to the Cheetah Park - a private farm dedicated to conserving Namibia’s cheetah population. While Cheetah are endangered in Africa, Namibia has a high population of wild, free roaming cheetah who cause immense damage to some of the local farms by hunting their livestock. As such, there are many local farmers who have offered a sanctuary to those that have been trapped, or injured. We get to meet the resident cheetahs, a photo opportunity not to be missed!

DAY 10: Cheetah Park to Elderado (B / L / D)
After stopping briefly in Outjo to get stock up on supplies, we head to the area of Etosha National Park. Covering 20 000 km2, Etosha is Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. Situated around the Etosha Pan with a large variety of animal and bird life, the extensive network of gravel roads affords us the opportunity of accessing even the most remote areas of the park. After lunch, and once it has cooled off a bit, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the park’s southern area. Keep an eye out for the striking Oryx and Springbok as these are endemic to desert National Parks! Tonight’s camp is situated just outside the parks boundaries, only 10kms from Anderson Gate. Perhaps a quick dip in the pool or a sun downer on the deck before dinner, followed by a relaxing evening in this interesting bar.

DAY 11: Etosha National Park (B / L / D)
Today we make our way 150 km across the park, keeping a look out for the many different mammals, reptiles, birds and insects in the various regions. As the vegetation types change, so does the animal and bird life that relies on it, and so different sections of the Park offer a variety of different game options. After a full day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp in the north of the park, Namutoni. After dinner why not head to the waterhole where you can sit and observe the animals may come to drink in the evenings.

DAY 12: Etosha National Park to Grootfontein (B / L / D)
After our breakfast we head out of the park while doing a game drive. Today is a short driving day to our next destination where we set up camp for the night. Tonight’s campsite has a Thatched dining area, bar, swimming pool & curio shop.

Day 13: Grootfontein to Divundu (B/L/D)
From Grootfontein, we head in a north-easterly direction toward Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and the lush Kavango region of northern Namibia. We stop at the border town of Rundu for supplies before heading to our spectacular campsite located on the banks of the Kavango River – Watch the sun go down from the deck over the river, but keep a watch for the occasional hippo grazing on the lawn!

DAY 14: Divundu to Maun (Botswana) (B / L / D)
Following the Kavango River south, we enter Botswana and travel east along the course of the Okavango River to the southern reaches of the Okavango Delta and our destination, Maun. Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta and it is from here that we set off to explore the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare our provisions and packs for our 2 night excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip as this can be used to pack the supplies needed for this short excursion. Your trip leader will brief you fully on what is needed, and what to expect prior to your trip to the Delta.

DAY 15: Maun to Okavango Delta (OPTIONAL) (B / L / D)
The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, The Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa.

Here we have the opportunity to take the optional 3 Day / 2 Night Drive In/Mokoro Excursion into the Delta. After an early rise, we pack our expedition vehicle and from Maun we drive north for a couple

of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro. Mokoros are dugout canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘Polers’ and pack our supplies before heading out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, our guides find us a place to camp, and later in the afternoon we set off on an afternoon game walk, allowing us to experience The Delta wilderness. The camp is situated in an open wilderness area with no ablution facilities.

For those who’d prefer not to explore The Delta, spend the next 2 days at the lovely campsite relaxing by the swimming pool or challenging each other to a game of volleyball. There is also a crocodile farm nearby that has it’s feeding times open to campsite visitors. The driver and cook remain behind in Maun during the excursion.

DAY 16: Okavango Delta (B / L / D)
A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await. Today we have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including swimming, game walks, mokoro cruises and even a chance to try our hands at poling our own mokoro! There is also ample time to relax and rest during the hotter hours of the day, so challenge your new friends to a game of cards, or chat with your guides about their culture and lifestyle, or simply lie back and enjoy the sounds of the surrounding wilderness...

DAY 17: Okavango Delta to Maun (B / L / D) This morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back in the afternoon and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).

DAY 18: Maun to Chobe National Park (B / L / D)
We travel east and then north to the town of Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to the Chobe National Park. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the campsite while we watch another glorious African sunset. Listen out for the resident hippos!

DAY 19: Chobe National Park (B / L / D)
This morning we have a chance to sleep in or explore the town of Kasane. When we are packed and prepared, we leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by! After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane, and Victoria Falls.

DAY 20: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (Brunch)
Once returning to camp, we get back on our truck and continue to the border of Zimbabwe. Once we’ve completed border formalities, we have a short drive to the nearby Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A 20 minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! After our adventure activities briefing (see price guide at the end of this document for options), the afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!

DAYS 21 & 22: Victoria Falls (B on both days)
The next 2 days are spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions. Some of our fellow passengers will leave us in Vic Falls, to be replaced by new passengers joining us for the next leg of our trek.

OPTIONAL Excursions include elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, walking with lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the "floats," where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

Day 23: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana (B / L / D)
We head out from Victoria Falls to the border crossing to Botswana. Once we’ve completed the border formalities, we continue to the town of Kasane, situated on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to the Chobe National Park. After lunch, we have time at leisure to relax. In the afternoon, we leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by! After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane.

DAY 24: Chobe National Park to Livingstone (Zambia) (Brunch / D)
Once returning to the camp at Kasane, we get back on our truck and continue to the town of Livingstone. This afternoon we have the opportunity to view The Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia or partake in a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Another fantastic photo opportunity!

DAY 25: Livingstone to Eastern Zambia(B / L / D)
An early morning start sees us head north through southern Zambia. As we drive, we pass through a few of the villages and towns of Zambia along the way. Prosperous during the copper boom in the 60’s, Zambia was able to build infrastructure at the main mining and farming communities. After the fall of the copper industry, the country was left virtually bankrupt and existing infrastructure was left to fall to ruin. Due to foreign investment and a rise in the mining industry, Zambia is today once again starting to prosper. The difference is evident in the cities with the availability of foreign stores, banks and imported cars, while the villages and smaller towns are still to catch up. Our campsite is home to some local wildlife including the largest antelope – Eland.

DAY 26: Eastern Zambia to South Luangwa National Park (B / L / D)
This breath taking park is situated on the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, and it is the southernmost of three national parks in this region. South Luangwa was founded in 1938 as a game reserve, 1972 was the year it was declared as a national park, and today it covers over 9000 kilometres squared. Animals such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance. The Luangwa river is home to many a hippo and croc.

Day 27: South Luangwa to Chipata (B/L/D)
From Luangwa we head north east on the old ‘East Road’ to a beautiful little campsite located just 10 km before the Zambia/Malawi border. In the days of old, the route from Cairo to Cape Town passed through Lusaka and it’s along this route to Malawi we travel today. While today is mostly spent driving, we do cross the impressive Luangwa River Bridge which is heavily guarded due to its close proximity to the Zimbabwean & Malawian borders. We’ll also stop off to purchase some fresh produce and coal from the local sellers along the way.

DAYS 28 to 30: Chipata to Lake Malawi Beaches (Malawi) (B / L / D)
Leaving Zambia we cross into Malawi, the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. We stop off in the capital, Lilongwe, a small city distinctively divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. We camp first at the central Lake, and then in the northern area over the next 3 days.

Spend the days learning the game of bao from the locals, scour the markets for a bargain or simply relax on the pristine beaches. Malawi’s temperate climate allows for swimming in the clear blue fresh-water lake all year round. Explore the beautiful shore where you’ll happen upon the local fishermen sorting their catch. Traditional fishing techniques are still practiced and to appreciate their boating skills, try to paddle a dugout canoe yourself! At night you’ll see the ‘fairy’ lights of the fishermen out on the lake. The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores offer many optional Excursions including a variety of water sports, horseback rides and a visit to the local village and school (see pricing guide at the end of this document).

DAY 31: Lake Malawi to Iringa (Tanzania) (B / L / D)
After a relaxing 4 days, we leave Malawi, entering Tanzania through the border post at Songwe. Winding our way through the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Iringa where we spend the night in the beautiful rustic ‘Farmhouse’ campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!

DAY 32: Iringa to Dar es Salaam (B / L / D)
This morning we head off early and make our way to Dar es Salaam. We pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic. Today’s drive time is extended due to the heavier amount of traffic heading in to the city, but the sights and sounds of Dar’s vibrant outer suburbs are sure to keep you entertained. Look out for the colourful shop-fronts with their sometimes humorous ‘catch phrases’. On arrival in Dar es Salaam, we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.

DAY 33: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar (B)
A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the "Spice Island,” where we have the option to spend the next 3 nights. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands. New passengers may join us to replace those that’ll leave us at the end of our excursion to Zanzibar.

PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation and Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own, and in accordance with their own budget. The Trip Leader joins you and can arrange your accommodation, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants. There are also a wide variety of optional excursions on offer – please see the price guide on the end of this document for more details.

For those not opting to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. There are various optional excursions available from the camp including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips. The driver and cook remain behind in Dar es Salaam during the excursion.

DAYS 34 & 35: Zanzibar
History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans, who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade. The island is famous for its spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience. Other options include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. Mopeds are available for hire if you’d like to explore the more remote areas of the island. Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - crayfish being a popular speciality. Alternatively, mingle with the locals for dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, where delicious, inexpensive seafood is on offer.

DAY 36: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland arriving back to camp in the late afternoon, or early evening. On arrival, where we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

What’s not included? International flights, Airport departure taxes, Departure transfer, Visas, Meals unless otherwise stated, Travel Insurance, Laundry, Personal Items, and Tips.

Optional Activities

SOUTH AFRICA:
Wine Tasting 15 US$
Canoeing on Orange River (Min 4) 50 US$

NAMBIA: SWAKOPMUND ACTIVITIES:
Quad Biking – 1Hr/2 Hr 100US$
Sand Boarding – Lie Down/ Stand Up 55US$ / 70 US$
Township Tour 80 US$
Tandem Skydive (Weather Permitting) 350 US$
Horse Riding (2Hrs) 100 US$
Fishing 145 US$
Dolphin Cruise 80 US$
Kayaking 95 US$
Paragliding (Weather Permitting) 150 US$
Scenic Flight (various) (Weather Permitting) As per Operator
Hot Air Ballooning (Weather Permitting) 450 US$

BOTSWANA:
Okavango Delta (3 Day/ 2 Night) 180 US$
Scenic Flight Over Delta (300-350US$ per plane max 5 pax) 100 US$
Chobe NP Game Drive 70 US$

ZIMBABWE:
Please ensure that you pay for activities in Victoria Falls with Cash
Victoria Falls National Park Entry (viewing the Falls) 35 US$
Trip T-Shirt 30 US$

VICTORIA FALLS:
White Water Rafting-Full Day 140 US$
River Boarding combo Raft & Board 180US$
Canoeing on the Zambezi-Half Day/ Full Day 140 US$
Half Day Adrenaline - George Swing,ZipLine & Flying Fox 165 US$
Bungee Jump (111m) 150 US$
Tandem Bungee Jump 180 US$
Elephant Back Safari 150 US$
Walk with Lions 140 US$
Micro Light over the Falls-15mins 170 US$
Helicopter Flight over the Falls 12 mins
155 US$
Helicopter Flight over the Falls 19 – 25 mins
265 US$

MALAWI:
Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach 55US$ (Additional dives 30 US$ each)
Horse Riding at Kande Beach 2Hr / 3Hr (Bush, Beach & Swim) 70 US$ / 100 US$
Village Walk & Meal at Kande Beach 20 US$
Traditional Healer Visit 10 US$
Livingstonia Mission Hike - 30km return 10 US$
Carving Lessons & Local Fishing. *Price to be negotiated on arrival

TANZANIA:
Zanzibar:
Transfer to Nungwe 20 US$
Zanzibar Accommodation From 40 US$ - 60 US$ per day
Spice Tour including lunch 40 US$
Prison Island Snorkeling Trip 30 US$
Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing From 40US$
Dhow Sunset Cruise 40 US$
Motorbike/ Car Hire From 60 US$ - 80 US$
+local drivers license / insurance at 5 US$
*Please note that this is not a full list of available activities. There are many more to choose from.
** Prices are approximate and can change at any given time. Only to be used as a guideline

Tour Operator Reviews (53) about reviews
1 
Client: Tricia Kolp - from South Africa
Trip: currently unavailable
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: I recently completed the ten day Best of Botswana tour and it was wonderful!

Although I was unable to see the Makgadakgadi Pans due to flooding at this time of year, I thoroughly enjoyed all the time spent at the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.

My guide, Shaba, and cook, Gee, were outstanding. They were both capable, conscientious and professional. They were also very friendly and a lot of fun. It was a great trip

I would rate it a 10!
 
2 
Client: Scott Barlow - from United States
Trip: 24 Day Gorillas, Game Parks & Zanzibar
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: I'd give me trip an easy 10/10. I absolutely loved the trip, everyone that I travelled with and got know, and all the activities we did. It was such a great combination of activities.

Of course there was a handful of animal game drives which was a major reason to do the trip, but there was also a great mix of other activites like the white water rafting, bike ride, and Zanzibar.

On any trip like this, the group you end up travelling with is always important in making the trip great, and fortunately I had a great group on both legs of the trip. It's such a great experience to interactive with others from all over the world and go through the various experiences together. I still communicate with many of them.

Everyone always asks me what my favorite part of the trip is, and I simply cannot answer. There was such a great mix and I loved everything we did.
 
3 
Client: John Finlayson - from Australia
Trip: 35 Day Gorillas & East Africa Overland Safari
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: In October 2012 my 3 sons and I did a 35 day overland safari. It had been a dream of mine to go to Africa since I was very young and finally after a lot of planning it was time to go aged 53.

I chose this operator from looking up trips on the Internet as they had a Safari that covered all of the things we wanted to do and see from the Gorillas in Uganda to the Masai Mara with an awesome balloon flight and game viewing to the Ngorongoro crater with 3 mock charges from a bull elephant and lions eating a wildebeest right by our vehicle to the Serengeti spotting leopards and having 2 cheetahs walk right up to the four wheel drive and much more all the way to Victoria Falls.

The scenery and country side we saw over the entire trip was just great. On a trip like this you have to able to just go with the flow and adapt if need be, as Kevin said at the start of the trip this is Africa, so I think we really enjoyed it because we all just took what each day bought and we were well satisfied.

Our travel guide Kevin and our truck crew were brilliant. We would travel with them again any day. The food was great from Jarred and Isa our driver took care of us on the roads to with driving very well. But it was their friendship at our campsites in the evenings that we really enjoyed. They made the trip for us. It was my birthday on the trip and the effort they made to get me a cake and celebrate with us was really appreciated.

To do this trip my 3 sons aged 26, 28 and 31 was very special and we definitely had expectations and they were well and truly met over and above. Kevin went to a lot of trouble to accommodate us all and our different wishes to make our trip special. The company of our group was excellent and we are still emailing today. We made some life long friends from different countries around the world.

It was an awesome trip and it was sad to leave our new friends our great travel team and the big green truck as we affectionately came to know it, but we left feeling well satisfied that we had done every thing that we went to Africa to do and see.

I was wondering how I would go on an overland trip of that length but it was no problems at all. Africa is an amazing place to visit still and I am not done yet. I will be back. If you are thinking of a trip like this go for it, it was awesome.
 
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Client: Nancy Casu - from Australia
Trip: Victoria Falls, Botswana & Kruger NP family safari
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: My 16 year old daughter and myself went on the Victoria falls, Chobe, Okavango Delta and Kruger National Park trip for 11 days in June. We had an amazing time and as it was a family trip the ages were varied so everybody got along.

The nights were quite cold but we had been prewarned and so we rugged up but the days were magical with the advantage of no bugs or flies or heat.

Do keep in mind that there is quite a few optional extras but they are not all to everyones tastes ie (we didn't do the bungy jump but did enjoy the village tours at Victoria Falls, and particuarly the horse riding at Maun and the Okavango camp out was not to be missed).

This type of tour is definitely for the more adventurous person and Gift (our tour guide) Tubby (our truck driver) and Florence (our cook) certainly looked after us.
I strongly recommend this tour. We had a blast.
 
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Client: Jay Lindsay - from United States
Trip: 35 Day Gorillas & East Africa Overland Safari
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: I had a grand time on my 35 day plus 8 days overland Africa travel safari. I am 68 years old. Amy was great, also our driver Eloise was excellent and professional and the cook Duncan was first rate.

We ate a lovely variety of well balanced meals including a full roasted pig on one occasion. The fruits and vegetables were very fresh, bought from roadside stands on the way.

I will give it a 10 on all counts.
 
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Client: Peter O'sullivan - from Australia
Trip: 42 Day Nairobi to Cape Town Overland
Rating:
rating 8/10
Comment: Trip was good and would rate as an 8.

Only criticism is that people come on camping tours expecting hotel accommodation - it is a camping trip!
 
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Client: Mandi Williams - from Australia
Trip: 11 day Johannesburg to Victoria Falls overland
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: We travelled to South Africa and Africa with our 13 year old daughter and had an absolutely fantastic time.

This was our first time to Africa and the experience was amazing. The tour operator was a very professional company and we were very happy with the service, price and whole package deal. It all it was a good deal and enjoyable.

Our tour left Johannesburg and travelled through to Vic Falls. We had wonderful tour guides who were Gift, Tabby and Florence.

Our time in Africa was truly an amazing experience, we saw and learn't so much and the tour staff just added to that experience.

We have had a great taste to Africa and certainly want to return to see more.

We will recommend the operator to our family and friends and will use them again when we decide on our next African adventure.

Thank you.
 
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Client: Louise Dalgety - from Australia
Trip: 11-days Overland - Victoria Falls to Johannesburg
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: We found the 11 day tour on the internet and compared to other tours we had priced the tour was by the far the best value for money.

Our email was answered by Liezl from reservations who could not have been more patient or helpful from start to finish, might I also add we were in Harare for a month prior and last minute from Harare I organised accommodation and transfers with Liezl also.

Moving on to the tour, our guide was Gift, our driver was tabis and our cook was Florence. The food was amazing and I will definately miss sitting around the fire talking stories with Tabis, Gift and Florence, three truly amazing individuals who are assets to the company

I will definately be recommending the operator and just want to thank everyone and keep up the good work and prices.
 
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Client: GraceAnn Noble - from United States
Trip: 14 Day Gorillas Watching & Game Parks Safari
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: I took the Gorilla and Game parks tour from 3/13/11 to 3/26/11.

The tour itself. I won't go over everyday, but I highly recommend this company. I was very pleased with them and will be using them on my future trips to Africa.

The guide- Our guide, Mwangi, was hilarious! He was very friendly, gave LOTS of information about the animals we saw and the countries that we visited. He was highly approachable to ask questions or to just have a friendly chat by the fireside.

Our driver- Unfortunatly I didn't talk to our driver, Nicky, very much, but he was great. I know that if I had been trying to drive down some of those roads... well, we wouldn't have made it, Ill just put it that way lol. He always got into areas where we got the best shots of wildlife.

Our cook- Mwai (I think is how you spell it) was great. He was also funny and nice to talk to. I have NO complaints about the food. I eat a lot, and I never went hungry. Breakfast was usually the same (toast, eggs (cooked to order I might add, a luxury I'm not used to while camping) ceral, stuff like that) as was lunch (sandwiches that you made yourself). For dinner there was usually a soup followed by the main course. If you wanted to get seconds, no problem. We also stopped by many stores through out the trip and you could purchase snacks if you wanted to.

Camp life- I'm not gonna lie, driving for 7-8 hours most days was kinda rough. I\'m in pretty good shape, but at the end of two weeks I wanted nothing more than to have a nice shower and sleep on a really fluffy bed. Sleeping in tents was ok (I mean, how great do you expect that to be?), but again, after driving all day, setting up your tent, dinner, then sleep, wake up the next morning at 5am, pack your tent, breakfast, and it all starts over again (after we saw the gorillas our drive time dropped a lot which really helped). Everyone was expected to clean their own dishes and help around camp, which I think is a great idea, those 3 guys can't go everything by themselves.

Final thoughts- absolutely book a tour through this company... They are informative, friendly, and will make sure that your trip to Africa is nothing but amazing. I'm sure you can do more luxury safaris, but I have no regreats about 'roughing it'. You just have to keep an open mind, and be ready for the adventure of a lifetime :)
 
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Client: Joseph Goncalves - from United States
Trip: 21 day Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: Absolutely AMAZING is a good way to describe the vacation.

The trip from Vic Falls down to Cape Town was incredible. The guide, chef, and driver were all very friendly and fun.

The service from the operator started far earlier than my holiday. All my questions prior to the trip (even from my original enquiry) were answered in great detail and so quickly.

The places we visited and people I met along the way all made this holiday one I will never forget. This was my first overland trip and I will certainly do another one.

Thanks again for an amazing holiday in Africa (my first and definitely not my last)!!
 
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