PLEASE NOTE THIS TRIP HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED AND WILL NOT BE GOING AHEAD AS DETAILED BELOW
Come join us on the Overland Across Africa trip this June, where you will get to explore 7 different countries in 30 days! We’ll start our journey in Kenya and end it in South Africa, passing Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia on the way! Join me as we raft down the Zambezi river, explore local markets, climb sand dunes, and go in search of the big 5 while safariing in Africa’s most spectacular landscapes.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity like this doesn’t come around every day. Make lasting memories as you traverse breathtaking terrains and savour delicious local cuisine! An expert tour guide will be with us every step of the way to provide exciting anecdotes and rich cultural insights while ensuring a safe journey. Get ready for action-packed days and stories to keep your friends entertained for a lifetime!
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What can you expect from this overland trip?
Join me on my maiden voyage across the African continent. I don’t know what is in store for us, but that is what is so exciting about this trip!
Day 1 – 3 Kenya
The adventure begins in Nairobi, and our first stop is the Maasai Mara National Park! We will make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where we will enjoy the first of many game drives on this trip. In order to give us the best opportunities to get close to the wildlife, we will travel in specialist safari vehicles for this portion of our expedition. We can expect to see elephants, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, elands, gazelles, and lions, amongst many, many more. On our way back to Nairobi, we will stop off at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint to see one of the geological wonders of this world: the shifting of the African continent!
Day 4 and 5 – Tanzania
Time for our first border crossing as we make our way into Tanzania, where we explore a somewhat different side of the country from what most tourists experience. For starters, did you know Tanzania has some of the best coffee in East Africa? Most people assume that accolade goes to Ethiopia, but just because they grow the most doesn’t mean it’s the best! We will check it out, and you can let us know what you think!
Leaving the big game to everyone else, we will immerse ourselves in the reptile world at Meserani Snake Park, which also happens to be our camp for the night (how about that for nightmares?!).
On day 5, we will drive in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro towards the warm Indian Ocean, ready for the next leg of our expedition.
Day 6 – 8 – Zanzibar
On our 6th day, we will take the ferry across to the island of Zanzibar, where we will get to enjoy our time at leisure. Explore the birthplace of Freddy Mercury, or learn about the horrific slave trade that passed through the island. Visit Stonetown’s markets and explore the winding alleyways. Or learn about the spice trade by visiting one of the many spice farms. Or perhaps you just want to relax and enjoy the crystal blue waters of the Northernmost part of Zanzibar.
Day 9 and 10 Tanzania
Time to return to the mainland and continue our journey South through the Tanzanian highlands, passing through the spectacular Baobab Valley before reaching the much-loved Iringa Farm House, nestled high on the plateau with stunning views.
Day 11 – 13 – Lake Malawi
It is time for our next border crossing, this time into the much less visited Malawi. Our time in Malawi will revolve around the lake as we explore the gorgeous beaches, shimmering waters, and schools of colourful cichlid fish. The shore of Lake Malawi, with the mountains as the backdrop, is one of the most beautiful views we will see on this trip. You can choose whether you explore this gorgeous area on foot or from the water. So grab your hiking boots and hike the shores, or explore the nearby village of Tonga. Alternatively, leave the boots behind and instead grab a snorkel and discover the underwater world of this pristine lake.
However, the highlight will be the people. Both Chitimba Beach and Kande Beach, where we will be spending all of our time, are known for the warmth and kindness of their people. On our last night in Malawi, we will have the chance to enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home. One of the most precious moments of the trip.
Day 14 – Malawi
With our souls filled with contentment, it is time to wave goodbye to Lake Malawi and travel onwards to the capital, Lilongwe, where we will stop off for supplies before making our way to the border with Zambia, our 4th country!
Day 15 – 17 Zambia
Crossing the bridge at Luangwa River, we will drive through Zambia, passing smaller towns and getting a glimpse of life in the farming villages. Our journey continues until we finally arrive in Livingstone, a stone’s throw away from the Zimbabwe border. We will camp on the banks of the Zambezi river for the next few nights, giving you the chance to explore everything this area offers.
Whether you want to take a scenic flight, go white-water rafting, fishing or even check your sanity with a bungee jump (!), there is certainly something for everyone here! Alternatively, relax by the pool and enjoy the deck overlooking the river. The campsite has a great vibrant bar and restaurant serving delicious food.
Day 18 and 19 – Botswana
It’s time to cross our 4th land border into Botswana, home to the Okavango Delta, the most important river basin in South Western Africa. Over two days, we will explore this wetland oasis as we search for wildlife within reeds and on the banks of the river. A very different safari from the ones we will have experienced already on the trip.
Day 20 – Botswana
It is time to leave the wetlands behind and move toward a completely contrasting landscape: the Kalahari Desert! Here we will join the San Bushmen on a bush walk to learn how they live off the land, a great way to truly immerse ourselves in one of the many traditional cultures of Botswana.
Day 21 – 23 – Namibia
Time to cross into our 6th country: Namibia! We are heading straight toward Etosha National Park. We will be camping right by the waterhole, giving us a prime location to spot the wildlife that comes for their evening drink. If you are lucky, you might even see a rhino! And during the day, we will go in search of the 100 mammals that call this small national park home.
Day 24 and 26 – Namibia
Leaving Etosha National Park, we head to Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. With many activities to choose from, you will have no shortage of fun. I personally will be trying my hand at sandboarding! But perhaps you’d prefer to take a scenic flight over the Skeleton coast, or if you are feeling particularly adventurous, a skydive!
As well as boosting our adrenaline levels, we will also get the chance to watch the sunrise from the infamous Dune 45 before exploring the desert landscape of Namib Naukluft National Park. Be prepared to explore some of the most unique landscapes in Africa while in Namibia.
Day 27 and 28 – Still in Namibia
The longest stint we will spend in any of the countries we are visiting as part of this trip is Namibia. And for good reason. It has so much to offer! As we progress southwards, we will cross the Capricorn, the southernmost point of direct sunlight in the southern hemisphere. We will follow the Orange River Canyon, stopping to take in the solitude and stretch our legs along the way before eventually making it to the otherworldly Mars-like landscapes of Richtersveld.
Day 29 – 30 South Africa
It is time to cross our final land border into our 7th and final country: South Africa. As we make our way toward Cape Town, we will spend our last night on a working farm to gain insight into life in rural South Africa.
On 30th June, our tour will come to an end as we finally make it to Cape Town, South Africa’s mother city.
Cost of the overland trip: $4,700 based on two people sharing.
What is included?
- 30 breakfasts, 23 lunches and 21 dinners
- All accommodation, including 22 days camping in a 2-person dome tent, 3 nights in a tented camp with ensuite, 3 nights in a tourist class hotel and 2 nights in a shared dorm.
- Fully equipped overland safari vehicle
- A chef to prepare all the aforementioned meals
- Two highly experienced English-speaking crew members
- All road tolls, fuel and park entry fees
- Maasai Mara and Etosha National Park Game drives
- Zanzibar ferry
- Okavango Delta mokoro and waking safari excursion
- Kalahari Bushman Walk
- Sossusvlei shuttle and guided walk
- Dune 45 sunrise hike
- Sesriem Canyons
What is excluded?
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Departure taxes
- Airport transfers
- Sleeping bag
- Optional activities
- Lunch and dinner when in Zanzibar, Livingstone and Swakopmund.
- Dinner in Windhoek
- Personal drinks and meals are not included in the itinerary
- Personal expenses