Johannesburg: Our Top Recommended Experiences / Tours for travel to Africa in 2020

Posted on February 6th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Johannesburg Activities if you plan to overnight in JHB before or after your overland tour we can highly recommend the following day tours – Southern Highlights Adventure
Soweto Tour – South of Johannesburg is Soweto, the world’s most famous township and important monument to Apartheid. A sprawling, self-sufficient home to millions, Soweto grapples with democratic change, but its spirit resonates in a plethora of shebeens. The focus on this tour is more on community projects & sustainable tourism. The Soweto Fair Tour includes: Nelson Mandela & Hector Pietersen Museums, a visit to Handiworx or the Soweto Green plus a view of Baragwaneth Hospital and an informal settlement. Also included is a cycle tour from Phomolong & visit a day care centre (also available without cycling).
Johannesburg City Tour – The tour includes a panoramic view of the city, a drive within the business district, visit to traditional African shops, the bohemian Hillbrow and Museum Africa in Newton, the cultural district of Johannesburg. Extend to 8 hours & include Constitution Hill, SAB World of Beer & more.
Soweto & Johannesburg Combo – Combining the Soweto & Johannesburg City tours will give you a great overview of the area.
Apartheid Museum – The path through the museum leads you on a journey beginning with segregation, the cornerstone of apartheid. It takes you back through the history of the myriad cultures converging during the pre-apartheid era. Through the years of race classification, the 150 acts of apartheid, detentions and the oppression of the nationalist regime. Examine the rise of black consciousness, the armed struggle & finally witness the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment which finally led to the final negotiations for peace. The Apartheid Museum experience is one of upliftment and liberation both personally & socially and leaves each visitor with a feeling of hope for the future, unburdened by the ills of the past.
Cradle of Mankind – The tour visits both the Sterkfontein caves, where the oldest hominid fossils (dating back to over 3 million years) in the world were found & Maropeng where you can experience the fascinating, interactive representations of the origin of Earth & all that lives on our unique planet. Interesting to both adults & children alike, this is a must visit on anyone passing through Gauteng’s itinerary!
Pretoria City Tour – Pretoria generates a multicultural energy from a harmonious blend of traditions, culture and architecture. Pretoria has historic value extending to that of the British Empire and Apartheid. The tour includes the either the Voortrekker Monument or Freedom Square, the Union Buildings, Kruger House, Church Square, Mirramen Hindu Temple and thousands of Jacaranda trees. Extend to 8 hours and include both the Voortrekker Monument & Freedom Square as well as the Transvaal Museum. Lunch in Pretoria
Panorama Route: 5 Day Kruger Classic Safari – South Africa
Panorama Route – Our full day Panorama Route tour covers the best sights. Our 5 day Classic Kruger Safari is a popular choice, providing the right balance between activities and time spent on safari to see an amazing variety of wildlife that the Kruger National Park has to offer. One of Africa’s most famous national parks, there are 147 mammal species found in Kruger, more than any other wildlife reserve in Africa! Of these the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) are of course included. On this safari we include open vehicle drives, a sunset drive and a walk. This safari gives you a complete African wildlife experience. Prepare to be amazed….

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Cape Town: Our Top Recommended Experiences / Tours for travel to Africa in 2020

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Cape Town Activities and must do’s when you visit the Mother city – 18 Day South Africa Explorer
Half day Township tour: District 6 and museum; Langa; Community school; Shebeen; Kayalitscha;3 ½ hours
Robben Island: 3 ½ hours; boat ride to the Island; drive over the island; visit of the prison; boat ride back;
Hop on – Hop off bus: Red route through the V&A Waterfront; City; District 6; cable way; Camps Bay; Sea Point;2 hours non stop
Hop on – Hop off bus: Blue Route to V&A Waterfront; Kirstenbosch; Hout Bay; World of birds; Camps Bay; Sea Point
Full day Peninsula tour: Clifton, Camps Bay, Twelve Apostles, Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak, Noordhoek, Ostrich Viewing, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Penguin Colony, Simons Town, Muizenberg, Constantia, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens:
Full day Wine route: Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek
Full day whale watching trip to Hermanus
• Abseiling off Table Mountain
• White shark diving
• Tandem Paraglide from Lions Head
• Helicopter flips
• Horse riding in Hout Bay
• Historic walking tour through the city

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Activities: Our Top Recommended Experiences / Tours for travel to Africa in 2020

Posted on February 6th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Swakopmund Activities: The adventure Capital of Namibia – Namibia Adventure Safari
Skydiving – This activity can be done in the morning or afternoon.
Quadbiking – There are 2 options: 1) Fully automatic, 2) manual. This activity can be done in the morning or afternoon.
Sandboarding – Beginning on training rides, the customer first masters the basics before going onto the larger dunes where one can reach a speed of up to 80km/h. Top range equipment is supplied with excellent and experienced instructors/instructions. Mornings only. Duration approx. 3 – 3.5 hrs
Living Desert Tours – This tour is a half day tour. The tour takes you through the dunes where one will track and find the hidden life in the seemingly desolate but amazing landscape. One will see the small five, Palmato Gecko, Peringuey’s Adder (Sidewinder), Shovel Snouted lizard, Fitzsimons Burrowing Skink, Namaqua Chameleon as well as other desert creatures, minerals and desert plants. The tour is eco-aware, informative, interactive and fun. Endless photographic opportunities.Mornings only. Duration: approx. 5hrs
Dolphin Tour – All boats are catamaran ski-boats of various sizes with toilets on board. Passengers proceed to Pelican Point to view the Cape Fur Seals. Experience the thrill of feeding a few seals who will join the passengers on the boat. Be highly exhilarated to see dolphin’s riding the bow of the boat. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne with fresh oysters and snacks. Skippers are fully qualified, comply with all Namibian Tourism and Tour operator regulations and requirements as well as being tri-lingual (English, Afrikaans and German).
Sunset Tour – Enjoy a 90min quad drive as the sun is setting and stop at the top of the dune to enjoy fresh oysters and non-alcoholic champagne watching Namibia’s beautiful sunsets
Botswana Activities – Botswana Wildlife Camping Safari
Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (Highly Recommended)
• Mokoro
• Bush walk in the Delta with an experienced guide
Victoria Falls Activities – Cape Town to Johannesburg Via Victoria Falls.
• White Water Rafting
• Gorge Swing
• Zip line
• Flying Fox
• Canopy tour
• Horse Riding Safari
• Sundowner Cruise
• Fishing (3 Hrs)
• Upper Zambezi Canoeing
• 12/13 Minutes Helicopter
• Micro light Flight

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Botswana/Uganda/Kenya: Our Top Recommended Experiences / Tours for travel to Africa in 2020

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Trek chimps in Uganda – Gorilla Encounter
Meet up with your tour in Kampala and head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. We’ll also go on a trek through the Budongo forest, the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa in search of the chimps. This forest is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda.

Camp in the wild …. your Bots trip – Botswana Wildside
Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination. The remote wilderness, limited access for visitors and abundant game make for an exceptional wildlife safari.

5 day Private Moremi Salt Pans Experience in Botswana
The casual visitor to Botswana could be excused for seeing the country as kilometer upon kilometer of flat, desolate scrubland with little or no surface water. However, to the north lies the magnificent Okavango waterway, with its green and fertile plains, flowing straight into the sea of sand, the Kalahari Desert, and creating a unique natural wonderland – home to a multitude of Africa’s Fauna and Flora.

Botswana Photographer Safari
The perfect safari for keen amateur photographers who want to do a safari with like-minded photographers. These safaris are led by one of our top photographic guides, who himself is a passionate photographer. Based on our very popular Northern Highlights safari, the itinerary ensures that you get the most out of each of the areas visited on this safari.

Masai Mara & Gorillas camping in Kenya & Uganda
We start in the capital of Nairobi and travel to the Masai Mara National Park, world renowned for its endless plains of wild animals and spectacular beauty. The rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. We take in the spectacle of Lake Nakuru National Park – a great place to spot flamingos. We then cross into Uganda where you can explore Kampala or visit a Chimpanzee sanctuary. After a visit to the Murchison Falls National Park we’ll head up to Budongo Forest, the biggest Mahogany forest found in East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. We will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps. Our next stop is at Lake Bunyon where we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion.

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Mozambique/RSA/Tanzania/Kenya: Our Top Recommended Experiences / Tours for travel to Africa in 2020

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Mozambique & South Africa – Dive and snorkel in Mozambique – Mozambique in Comfort
White beaches and clear blue waters form the backdrop on our 14 Day Discover Mozambique tour. We will whisk you away from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park. Experience the thrill of being on safari, observing the big five in the largest game reserve in South Africa. On our way to Swaziland we first enjoy the sights of the Panorama route. Enjoy an epic game drive in Hlane Game Reserve. Hlane offers a selection of activities and the Rhino Game Drive is highly recommended. No visit to Swaziland would be complete without an introduction to the rich culture of the Swazi people. We make our way to the surfing paradise of Tofo. We continue to the Bazaruto archipelago in Mozambique where you can take a dhow safari and snorkel in aquarium like conditions.

Tanzania & Kenya – Dive and snorkel in Zanzibar – Serengeti & Zanziabar Trek
Two of East Africa’s most popular highlights make this Serengeti & Zanzibar trek tour the spectacular experience that it is. Leaving Nairobi, we head to Arusha where we will board 4 x 4 vehicles to head to the Serengeti National Park to watch some of the largest herds of wild antelope and wildebeest graze their way across the open plains. We’ll also explore the Ngorongoro Crater where we will continue our game viewing spectacular. We will discover a whole new world on the historical spice island of Zanzibar. We head North to relax on tropical white sand beaches and snorkel in aqua blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania & Zambia – Swim in Devils Pool in Zambia – 21 Days East Africa Explorer
This adventure tour offers the renowned Big Five game reserves of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. Relaxation on the beaches of Lake Malawi, the tropical paradise island of Zanzibar, and a visit to the amazing Victoria Falls. It’s the ideal adventure and beach safari for those wanting to see the best of East Africa.

Zambia – River raft on the Zambezi – 6 Day Zambezi Safari – Fully accommodated
The ultimate Lower Zambezi canoe adventure done in comfort. The tour explores the Zambezi valley by canoe, boat and vehicle giving visitors the opportunity to see the Zambezi Valley in a truly unique way. Guided by our local expert’s clients have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty and remoteness of the valley while enjoying the comforts of an accommodated safari.

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Part 2: Our Top Recommended Experiences / Tours for travel to Africa in 2020

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Nambia – Climb a dune in the Desert and visit the Himba tribe – Cape to Vic Falls Adventure
This comprehensive three-week trip begins in Cape Town, one of the world’s most picturesque cities, and ends at the Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. We go through some incredibly diverse landscapes – richly fertile Winelands, arid and hauntingly beautiful deserts, dramatic canyons and tranquil lagoons. Highlights include game watching in Etosha National Park, climbing giant sand dunes in Sossusvlei, camping out in the Okavango Delta, and an overnight excursion in the Chobe National Park.

Mozambique & South Africa – Dive and snorkel in Mozambique – Mozambique in Comfort
White beaches and clear blue waters form the backdrop on our 14 Day Discover Mozambique tour. We will whisk you away from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park. Experience the thrill of being on safari, observing the big five in the largest game reserve in South Africa. On our way to Swaziland we first enjoy the sights of the Panorama route. Enjoy an epic game drive in Hlane Game Reserve. Hlane offers a selection of activities and the Rhino Game Drive is highly recommended. No visit to Swaziland would be complete without an introduction to the rich culture of the Swazi people. We make our way to the surfing paradise of Tofo. We continue to the Bazaruto archipelago in Mozambique where you can take a dhow safari and snorkel in aquarium like conditions.

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Part 1: Our Top Recommended Africa Experiences & Overland Africa tours for 2020

Posted on February 6th, 2020 by Overland Africa

Gorilla trekking in Uganda – Uganda Wildlife Explorer
This tour includes the obvious attractions of trekking in indigenous forests to see wild gorillas and chimpanzees, as well as exploring vast water-ways, mystical villages hidden in mist, and the lesser known sights of Tree Climbing Lions, huge pods of hippopotamus, and of course, the endless variety of plains animals. This tour endeavours to explore the scenic beauty of Uganda, its people, and its wildlife.

Tanzania & Kenya – Wildebeest migration – East African Migration – the most spectacular wildlife show on earth
Join our East Africa Migration Discoverer lodge safari and follow the famous wildebeest migration! Travel through Tanzania and Kenya and discover all the secret highlights that East Africa holds. This East Africa accommodated safari is a small group safari where you will spend all of your nights in lodges / chalets or permanent tented camps.

Glide on a Mokoro in the Okavango Delta – 7 Day Best of Botswana
This exciting adventure offers you a broad insight into some of Botswana’s best adventure highlights. The itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experience within the short time you spend on holiday with us. Following your arrival into the renowned and spectacular Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the tour will take in breathtaking views of Chobe River, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi salt pan, game reserves and more!

Hike Kilimanjaro on one of these routes:
Machame Route
The Machame route is one of the most beautiful routes to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. The climb begins in the lush rainforest and follows a path that offers occasional views of Mt Meru, Shira Ridge as well the main summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – Kibo. The Machame route contains more steep passages and higher altitudes than the Marangu and the Rongai route and is slightly more demanding.

Marangu Route
The Marangu route is perhaps the easiest and most comfortable route to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route is well-developed and the climb is constant and moderate. Only the approach to the summit is the exception as it is slightly more demanding. The accommodation on this tour is in simple mountain huts, which might be an advantage compared to the camping routes..

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