Southern Safari

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Nairobi Kenya
Length: 28 - 42 Days
End: Johannesburg South Africa
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: Kenya Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana South Africa

Tour Dates

2020
  • 2020
April
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  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From ZAR 32400 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 2090)
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Overview

Southern Safari Camping Adventure

Southern Safari Camping Adventure: From the vast plains of the Serengeti and the watery wilderness of the Okavango Delta, to haggling in local markets and sitting around a camp fire, this thirty-two-day trip is a true taste of what Africa has to offer. Zanzibar is an island paradise, there?s the thunderous splendour of the mighty Victoria Falls, Botswana’s a nature lover’s paradise, while Kruger is home to the ‘big five’. This diverse trip offers an ever-changing mix of culture, scenery and wildlife. Departures are guaranteed with 2-4 people.

This trip begins in Nairobi, Kenya and travels south through Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, before ending in Johannesburg, South Africa. This trip departs from Nairobi early on Sunday morning.

Departure Point: Kenya Comfort Hotel, Muindi Mbingu Street & Monrovia Street, Nairobi, Kenya
Check-In: 8:45AM Departs: 9:30AM
Trip Type: Camping
Pre-Departure Meeting: Held at the Departure point at 17h00 on Day 1 of the tour

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

• Serengeti Excursion,
• Meserani Snake Park & Masai Cultural Museum,
• Dar Es Salaam,
• Zanzibar Ferry,
• Zanzibar Excursion, Spice Tour & Sunset Dhow cruise,
• South Luangwa National Park,
• Lake Malawi,
• Entrance to Victoria Falls,
• Delta Excursion,
• Chobe National Park & Chobe Overnight excursion,
• Kruger National Park & Night Game Drive.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

• Flights, Airport departure taxes
• departure transfer,
• visas,
• meals, water & drinks unless otherwise stated,
• travel insurance,
• laundry,
• personal items,
• sleeping bag, pillow, tips & bottled water.

Have 3 or more friends join you for 10 days or longer and get 10% discount off the tour price. Excludes Local Payment. Book 6 months in advance and enjoy the Early Bird Savings!(less 10%)

NOTE prices are subject to change. *2020 Please request a quote for exact prices for selected dates.

** Price excludes single supplement and any additional activities or meals not set out in the itinerary.

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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Nairobi

KENYA

Upon entering this beautiful east African country, you may be greeted with the words of “jambo” (hello) or “hakuna matata” (no problem) by the friendly locals. With a population of nearly 42 million and land area of more than 580 000 sq km Kenya is home to an abundance of animals and colourful tribes people, making it the perfect getaway for a once in a lifetime safari.

TANZANIA

Tanzania’s natural environment and geographical features have made it one of the best tourist destinations in Africa. Being the biggest country in east Africa, Tanzania has heaps to offer her visitors, including 13 game reserves and national parks. Tanzania also forms part of the world’s largest animal’s movements, the great migration. Inland are the vast Serengeti National Park and the animal-packed Ngorongoro Conservation area, and thousands of people every year fulfil their lifetime achievement of climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest mountain in Africa. On the coast, Zanzibar is exotic, intriguing and steeped in the unique Swahili culture.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

No meals (own account)

DAY 2: Nairobi to Arusha (Tanzania)

This morning we head out of busy Nairobi and travel south crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga. Tonight, we stay at a campsite in Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha, before heading out on our Optional Excursions to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: Arusha to Karatu

This morning we visit the Meserani Reptile Park and Masai Cultural Museum. A few minutes’ walk from the campsite is a gallery selling the bright and iconic Tinga Tinga paintings. Alternatively, the town of Arusha is nearby to explore. After enjoying lunch at our camp against the backdrop of Mount Meru we meet our Tanzanian guides and transfer into locally operated 4WD vehicles. These vehicles have been adapted for safari use and allow excellent viewing and photographic opportunities through the opening roof hatches.

Leaving our camp, we travel via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and then up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the higher lying village of Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well-established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. Tonight, we spend the evening at a very pleasant campsite in Karatu (campsite has ablution facilities).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Included Activity: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater excursion Please speak to your crew for more information

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite in Karatu (campsite has ablution facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park

This morning we depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken, unflooded caldera in the world. Comprising of open savannahs, acacia forests and both soda and fresh water lakes, the Ngorongoro Crater is truly a miniature ‘Garden of Eden’. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino.

After our game drive in the Crater, we head down the Crater rim and past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on our way to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the vast plains as we game drive through the southern and central areas in the park. Tonight, we camp (no ablution facilities) in the bushveld surrounded by the sounds of the African wilderness. Without any fences surrounding our campsite we are truly in the midst of nature!

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Serengeti National Park to Arusha

In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident game. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’! Following our morning drive, we retrace our journey back across the plains and along the lush Crater rim to our truck at Arusha, where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: Arusha to Pangani*

We head to Arusha this morning to stock up on supplies before continuing on towards Dar es Salaam. On the way, we drive through the town of Moshi situated at the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions, and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s snowy summit – a photo opportunity not to be missed! We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

*Some trips may choose to forego this night at their own cost.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: Pangani to Dar es Salaam

Today we continue on to Dar es Salaam. Travelling through lush scenery and palm trees, we near the warm Indian Ocean. 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Seaside campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the Spice Island, where we 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: Meals are for your own account whilst in 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 will arrange your activities, 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.

PLEASE NOTE: New legislation prohibits the taking of photographs during the Zanzibar ferry ride. Spot fines can be issued, if legislation is not obeyed.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Included Activity: Spice Tour & Dhow Excursion, Zanzibar excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Spice Island campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

DAYS 9 & 10: 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Spice Island campsite

Meals

Meals:

No meals (own account)

DAY 11: Zanzibar to Mikumi

This morning we leave Dar es Salaam and head south. 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. This is where we will spend the night.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 12: Mikumi to Iringa

From Mikumi we travel towards Iringa where we spend the night in a beautiful rustic campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!

MALAWI

A variety of attractions can be found in this exquisite country such as, forest, mountains and many a rural village, but there is one major attraction – Lake Malawi. There are many small rustic resorts along this fresh water lake where you can kick back on the sand, and enjoy the perfect sunset over this lake. Malawi will offer you the perfect sub tropical climate, allowing you ample time to soak up the sun and work on that tan. Lilongwe is the largest city in Malawi, as well as the capital city. Malawi plays host to just over 12 million people, with English and Chichewa being the main languages.

Lake Malawi

Most your time in Malawi will be spent enjoying the white beaches and warm waters of Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is also known as “the lake of stars”, offering an abundance of water activities. With the staggering amount of 500 species of fish, this lake makes for an excellent spot for fresh water diving after meeting and greeting all the welcoming locals.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 13- 15: Iringa to Lake Malawi (Malawi)

Winding our way through the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Malawi entering the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ through the border post at Songwe.
Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. We travel the length of the western side of the lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Transit through to various bays and inlets

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional activities vary; however, we do recommend that you do the village tour. Please note that you can bring along with you pens, notepads, pencils and dry starch foods for the village tour. For more information please speak to your crew.

DAY 16- 17: Lake Malawi to Luangwa National Park

Today we leave Malawi and cross over into Zambia. 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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Included Activity: Game drives through South Luangwa National Park in the Overland vehicle.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Transit day

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18: Luangwa National Park to Lusaka

Today we depart this amazing National Park and make our way down south. 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

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19: Lusaka to Livingstone

Heading further south, we journey through the southern Zambian towns mostly supporting local agriculture and farming on our way to Livingstone. The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it’s not difficult to see why. 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! The Falls can be viewed from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia – a fantastic photo opportunity. Tonight, we have the option of enjoying a sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20: Livingstone to Chobe National Park (Botswana)

We leave Zambia and cross the border into Botswana at the Kazangula Ferry. 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

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Included Activity: Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

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 short 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, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Included: Entrance to Victoria Falls

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 22 & 23: Victoria Falls

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: 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 24: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park (Botswana)

After breakfast, we cross the border into Botswana and head to 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. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned its large elephant herds. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the campsite while we watch another glorious African sunset.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activity: Boat cruise on the Chobe River

DAY 25: Kasane to 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. Your crew will provide you with more information.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Elephant Sands campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activity: Game Drive / Bush Walk

DAY 26: Nata Region to 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 overnight excursion. We suggest bringing along a smaller daypack on your trip which 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 into the Delta.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 27: Maun to Okavango Delta

Here we have the opportunity to take the included overnight 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, we arrive at our mobile tented camp situated in the heart of the Okavango. On arrival, you will meet the local staff who will be your host during your stay. A brief introduction to the camp will show you your dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom – long drop toilet and a bucket shower. Relax in the tent with a cold drink or take a paddle in the Delta in a canoe. The activities at the camp include Mokoro trails and guided walking.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Overnight Delta excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ovenight in Okavango Delta dome tent with twin beds and a bush en-suite bathroom

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 28: Okavango Delta to Maun

After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back around lunch time 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).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional scenic flight over The Delta

DAY 29: Maun to Palapye

Heading out early, we have a fairly long (450kms) drive today to the small town of Palapye, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (Botswana’s Capitol). This popular ‘stopover’ town for those en route to South Africa, is well known for the Morupule Colliery coal mines which supplies Morupule Power Station, Botswana’s principal domestic source of electricity.

SOUTH AFRICA

With nine different provinces, 11 official languages and 3 capital cities, South Africa will most definitely make you stop in you tracks and go – WOW.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 30: Palapye to Polokwane (South Africa)

This morning we cross into South Africa, and sightsee at the impressive Blyde River Canyon. Named for the Blyde River that runs through it, the canyon is 26km long, and averages 800m deep and forms the northern edge of the impressive Drakensberg Mountain Range. It is classified as a ‘green canyon’ due to the uncommon occurrence of vegetation that lines it (uncommon as most canyons are in desert areas and are fairly barren). The main viewpoints along the canyon are the 3 Rondavels, named for the shape of the traditional huts or houses the indigenous people of the area used to live in; and Gods Window that affords a breathtaking view across the canyon and surrounding area.

Please note that there is a small entry fee at each of these attractions that will need to be paid upon arrival. The money generated goes toward the support of the local communities. There are also many locals you sell their local crafts in this area.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Excursion: Blyde river canyon & God’s Window

DAY 31: Polokwane to Nkambeni Camp

Heading through the breathtaking Panorama Route, we stop off at various viewpoints today including scenic God’s Window. We pass through the small town of Graskop, and head toward the Kruger National Park and our campsite in the park.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Included Activity: Night Game Drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Nkambeni Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 32: Nkambeni Camp

Today we visit the amazing Kruger National Park (19 485 km²) in search of some of the 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species that make this park their home. We travel in our truck along the main game viewing routes within the park and stop off at some of the camps along the way. For those who wish to upgrade to an open vehicle game drive, this can be arranged with the trip leader at an additional cost.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Included Activity: Game drives through Kruger National Park in the Overland vehicle.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 33: Nkambeni to Johannesburg

After breakfast, we begin our journey to our final destination; Egoli the place of gold (Johannesburg), Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng, which is a province in South Africa. On arrival in Johannesburg we unload the truck for the final time, exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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