See the best of Africa, from its magnificent craters, dune-filled deserts and spectacular waterfalls, to its colonial cities and beautiful beaches. Game drive through Chobe and Etosha National Park, explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta, relax on the beaches of Lake Malawi and end your adventure on the idyllic island of Zanzibar.
- South Africa: start your adventure in Cape Town, discover the stunning Cederberg Mountains and camp on the banks of the Gariep River
- Namibia: marvel at the impressive Fish River Canyon, watch the sunrise over the Namib Desert, spot lions and more in Etosha National Park and relax on the beach in Swakopmund
- Botswana: navigate the Okavango Delta aboard a mokoro canoe, opt to fly over the verdant landscape and camp in the bush of Chobe National Park
- Zimbabwe: admire the breathtaking natural wonder of Victoria Falls and enjoy a range of optional activities including bungee jumping and helicopter rides
- Zambia: pass through wonderful wild scenery and spot elephants, giraffe and buffalo in South Luangwa National Park
- Malawi: spend three days exploring shimmering Lake Malawi, which takes up one third of the country
- Zanzibar: sunbathe on the white sandy beaches of 'Spice Island' and opt to visit a spice plantation
- Tanzania: end your African journey in coastal Dar es Salaam, pass through Mikumi National Park and camp on the beach
18 and over.Overland Age Policy:To travel on one of our overland family departure safaris children need to be a minimum age of 6 for Southern Africa safaris (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) and a minimum of 8 years old for East Africa safaris (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia). If a safari includes both East and Southern Africa then the minimum age will be 8 years old. Please note that they will be travelling with the normal group. These are not separate family tours. For family dates look for the icon next to the tour date online. IMPORTANT: South Africa and Botswana regulations aimed at fighting child trafficking:'All parents travelling with children into or out of SA and/or Botswana may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents.' Tell pax to contact the South African High Commission, South African Department of Home Affairs and/or the Botswana High Commission for further information.
- Cape Town
- South Africa
Day 1: Cape Town
Saturday. Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa! You will be met at the Cape Town Airport and transferred to our accommodation. At 5pm there is a pre departure meeting at the lodge, where you will meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
Day 2: Cederberg
Cape Town - Cederberg. Today we head around Table Bay and travel north to a picturesque campsite, surrounded by wine farms in the Cederburg Area.
Day 3: Gariep River ( overnight in Gariep River)
Cederberg - Gariep River. Today, we travel to Namaqualand, well known for its display of Namaqua wildflowers that occur each spring. We continue 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 4: Fish River Canyon
Gariep River - Fish River Canyon (Namibia). We depart after breakfast and make our way to Fish River Canyon. At 161 km long, 27 km wide and about 550 m deep, it’s the second largest canyon in the world.
Day 5: Sesriem
Fish River Canyon - Sesriem. 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.
Day 6: Namib Naukluft National Park
Sesriem. Travelling on, 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 before our walk 5kms into the desert to explore Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.
Day 7-8: Swakopmund
Days 7 & 8. Sesriem - Swakopmund. After breakfast on day 7 we cross the Tropic of Capricorn en route to 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! Swakopmund has a selection of restaurants and 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. Optional activities include sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, scenic desert flights, dolphin cruises, fishing trips, golf, horse riding and more.
Day 9: Spitzkoppe ( overnight in Brandberg)
Swakopmund - Brandberg. Today we head to ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’ – Spitzkoppe, the 1728m high rock formation, one of Namibia’s most recognised landmarks, is well known as an ancient San sacred site. After our visit we head off to Brandberg.
Day 10-11: Etosha National Park ( overnight in Etosha National Park area)
Days 9 & 10. Brandberg - Etosha National Park area. On day 10 our drive takes us further north through the Namibian countryside to our campsite, located in the vicinity of Etosha National Park. The following day we explore Etosha National Park. Covering 22,700 km, Etosha is Namibia’s premier nature and wildlife reserve. After lunch, 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! The camp tonight is situated just outside the parks boundaries, only 10kms from Anderson Gate, enjoy a quick dip in the pool or a sun downer.
Day 12: Etosha National Park
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. After a full day of game viewing, we spend the evening relaxing at our camp in the north of the park, Namutoni, where you can sit and observe the animals may come to drink in the evenings at teh nearby waterhole.
Day 13-15: Windhoek & Ghanzi ( overnight in Windhoek (1), Ghanzi (1) Maun (1))
Etosha - Windhoek - Ghanzi - Maun (Botswana). We head to the capital Windhoek for some free time. On day 14 we enter into Botswana and stop in Ghanzi in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. On day 15 we head to Maun - our base for the Okavango Delta. Tonight we prepare and packs for our 1 night excursion.
Day 16: Okavango Delta ( overnight in Okavango Delta)
Maun - Okavango Delta. Today we take a 2 Day / 1 Night Drive In Mokoro Excursion into the Delta. 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 - At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘Polers’ and head out into the waterways, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.
Day 17: Maun
Okavango Delta - Maun. This morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun.
Day 18: Nata Region ( overnight in Nata Region)
Maun - Nata Region. We leave this beautiful part of Botswana behind us this morning as we depart to the lush campsite called Elephant Sands. The drive will take you through a very unpopulated landscape where the donkeys roam freely. Once we have arrived at our campsite you will have the option of partaking in a game drive or a bushwalk.
Day 19-20: Chobe National Park ( overnight in Kasane (1), Chobe (1))
Days 19 & 20. Nata Region - Chobe. Kasane is our next stop, where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. The next morning we have a chance to sleep in or explore the town of Kasane. On day 20, we leave for our Chobe National Park overnight mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National Park, Botswana’s premier game parks. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park.
Day 21-23: Victoria Falls
Days 21 to 23. Chobe - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). We continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and driving to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. A 20 minute walk from our campsite takes you to the entry point to view the falls. 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. The following 2 days are spent relaxing or participating in optional excursions.
Day 24-25: Chobe National Park ( overnight in Kasane (1), Livingstone (1))
Days 24 & 25. Victoria Falls - Chobe (Botswana) - Livingstone (Zambia). We travel back to Kasane and have a second opportunity to take part in the Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion. . On day 26, we head to Livingstone in Zambia and 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.
Day 26-28: South Luangwa National Park ( overnight in Eastern Zambia (1) South Luangwa NP (2))
Days 26 to 28. Livingstone - South Luangwa. We drive through a few of the villages and towns of Zambia. On day 27 we travel to Luangwa National Park where animals such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance. The Luangwa river is home to many a hippo and croc.
Day 29-31: Lake Malawi Beaches ( overnight in Lake Malawi)
Days 29 to 31. South Luangwa - Lake Malawi (Malawi). Departing Zambia we cross into Malawi. After stopping off in the capital, Lilongwe, we camp first at the central Lake, and then in the northern area over the next 3 days. Spend days at leisure relaxing on the pristine beaches and swimming in the lake, or particpating in the optional excursions - water sports, horseback rides and a visit to the local village and school.
Day 32: Iringa ( overnight in Iringa)
Lake Malawi - Iringa (Tanzania). We leave Malawi, entering Tanzania through the border post at Songwe. 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 33: Dar es Salaam
Iringa - Dar es Salaam. This morning we make our way to Dar es Salaam, through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife enroute. 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 34-36: Zanzibar ( overnight in Zanzibar (3))
Days 34 to 36. Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the "Spice Island,” where we spend the next 3 nights.
Day 37: Dar es Salaam
Sunday. Zanzibar - 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!
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