24-02495Explore Southern Africa

24 Day Overland Tour, Camping

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From: Johannesburg

To: Johannesburg

Number of Participants: 4-17

Tour Price: 2,495 EUR

On this 24-day overland camping tour you will travel to Botswana and the Chobe National Park with its huge elephant herds. You will spend three nights at the breathtaking Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe before you will enter Zambia where you go on a canoe trip on the mighty Zambezi River. You travel through the capital of Lusaka along the Great East Road and reach the Luangwa National Park where you camp on the banks of the river for two nights. Next stop is Lake Malawi where you can snorkel the clear waters or relax on the beach. Along the way you will see Mulanje, an impressive mountain of granite before you cross the border to Mozambique. You will swim the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and explore the cities of Vilanculos, Inhambane and Maputo. No visit to Africa would be complete without visiting the Kruger National Park. Here you will have enough time for game viewing to see the ‘Big Five’.

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Day 1-2; Botswana:

  • Makgadikgadi: Salt pans
  • Chobe National Park: Chobe River


Day 3-4; Zimbabwe

  • Victoria Falls: Boat trip, white river rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, elephant rides, scenic flights (all optional)


Day 5-11; Zambia

  • Lower Zambezi: Zambezi canoe trip
  • Lusaka
  • South Luangwa National Park: Game drive, optional night game drive


Day 12-15; Malawi

  • Lilongwe
  • Lake Malawi: Snorkeling, camping on the beach
  • Mulanje Massive: Hiking


Day 16-21; Mozambique

  • Vilanculos: Dinner at a local restaurant (optional)
  • Inhambane: Local market, snorkeling, scuba diving, riding (all optional)
  • Maputo


Day 22-24; South Africa

  • Kruger National Park: Game drives

Day 1 Johannesburg, South Africa - Nata, Botswana

Distance approx. 900 km; driving time approx. 10-12h

Departing from the lodge in Johannesburg at 06h30, you head to the Botswana border. After immigration procedures you continue to Nata, an oasis-like camp on the edge of the vast Makgadikgadi salt pans. Tonight you familiarize yourselves with the tour procedures over a catered meal at own expense. Camp for the night.


Day 2 Nata, Botswana - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5h (excl. game drives)

This morning you travel through the Chobe forest reserves up to the mighty Chobe River and adjoining national park where huge herds of elephant gather at the water. After an extensive afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park, you cross the border and head for Victoria Falls to spend three nights in the comfort of a lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3-4 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

During your stay you will experience the spectacular falls and other highlights of Africa’s ‘adventure capital’. Those craving adrenaline can try bungee jumping, white water rafting or aircraft flights over the area. (These optional activities are not included in the rate). One night you will enjoy a traditional dancing show and a “braai” at the pool. On the last night you eat at a local restaurant at own expense. On occasion we cross into Zambia and camp on the banks of the Zambezi.
2 x Breakfast, 1 x Dinner


Day 5 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Kafue Camp, Zambia

Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 8-10h

When crossing the original railway bridge, you have a last view of the falls before entering Zambia. Your journey today takes you through southern Zambia and then down into the Lower Zambezi valley to Kafue where you will camp the night. Relax at the pool this afternoon to prepare for the upcoming days of canoeing.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6-8 Zambezi Canoe Trip, Zambia

The Zambezi River needs little introduction: the fourth largest river in Africa winds its way through some of the best wilderness areas in Africa. This provides for what can only be described as the finest canoe adventure in the world. What better way to see big game drinking at the waters than from a canoe? You will spend two nights camping wild on the banks of the river. On the third day you are transferred by boat back to Kafue for a hot shower and a catered meal at own expense.
3 x Breakfast, 3 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner


Day 9 Kafue Camp, Zambia - Luangwa, Zambia

Distance approx. 600-700 km; driving time approx. 10-12h

Today you travel via the capital of Lusaka and then along the “Great East Road” to the next overnight camp. You will cover as much distance as possible today.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10-11 Luangwa, Zambia - Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Distance on day 10 approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 5-7h

Your next stop is the Luangwa National Park, where you spend two nights camping on the banks of the river, well known for its remarkable hippo population. During your stay you will go on a long game drive in search of the elusive leopard, the Thornicroft’s giraffe and other species that make this park one of Africa’s best. An optional activity is to join night game drive.
2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner


Day 12-13 Luangwa National Park, Zambia - Lake Malawi, Malawi

Distance on day 12 approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 6-7h

Crossing into Malawi, your first stop today is the capital of Lilongwe. After replenishing supplies and buying some curios you continue to Lake Malawi, an enormous freshwater ‘sea’ and one of the deepest in the world. Snorkeling in the clear warm waters is a must. Spend time on the sandy beaches and chat with the friendly locals. You spend two nights here, literally camping on the beach.
2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner


Day 14-15 Lake Malawi, Malawi - Mulanje Massive, Malawi

Distance on day 14 approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 6-7h

Turning south you head for Mulanje, an impressive mountain of granite rising 600 m above the surrounding forest and tea plantations. You will spend two nights camping in the area and can hike to the plateau from where the views are literally breathtaking.
2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner


Day 16 Mulanje Massive, Malawi - Chimoio, Mozambique

Distance approx. 700 km; driving time approx. 9-11h

Traveling via Blantyre today you enter Mozambique. Your journey takes you through the Tete corridor across the Zambezi River and along the mountains that form the border with Zimbabwe. Tonight you camp in the bush in the remote Chimoio region.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 17 Chimoio, Mozambique - Vilanculos, Mozambique

Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 6-8h

Leaving the wilderness behind, today you pass through vibrant and bustling villages en route to the Mozambican coast. Your next stop is Vilanculos on the shores of the warm azure Indian Ocean, overlooking the idyllic islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. You will overnight in casitas on the beach. Tonight you can eat fresh seafood at a local restaurant - own account.
Breakfast, Lunch


Day 18-20 Vilanculos, Mozambique - Inhambane, Mozambique

Distance on day 18 approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4-5h

Moving south along the coast, your next stop is the ancient trading port of Inhambane. You spend some time exploring the bustling local market, relax on the beach, snorkel and soak up the sun. More active guests can go scuba diving or horse riding on the beach - optional activities and not included in the rate. You will enjoy three nights in relative comfort, staying in casitas under coconut palms. On the last night try some traditional dishes at a restaurant - for you own account.
3 x Breakfast, 3 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner


Day 21 Inhambane, Mozambique - Maputo, Mozambique

Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 6-7h

Today you cross vast coastal floodplains and drive through forests of cashew nut trees towards your last stop in Mozambique – the capital, Maputo.
Breakfast, Lunch


Day 22 Maputo, Mozambique - Kruger National Park, South Africa

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3h (excl. game drives)

Maputo boasts an interesting culture of street cafes and markets. The Portuguese colonial rule is still evident in the food and music and you will experience this in this once grandiose city. This afternoon you cross back into South Africa and make your way to the Kruger National Park to camp the night.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 23 Kruger National Park, South Africa - Hazyview, South Africa

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1h (excl. game drives)

No visit to Africa would be complete without visiting the Kruger National Park. You spend the day in this large game reserve and in the late afternoon travel the short distance to the lodge situated in Hazyview.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 24 Hazyview, South Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa

Distance approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

After a relaxed start and a morning walk on the property, you drive back to Johannesburg where you will arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon.


Price includes:
  • Overland tour according to the itinerary
  • 14 nights camping, 9 nights accommodated
  • Transport in an overland truck and a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Coffee and tea with breakfast
  • National parks fees
  • Camping equipment
  • Canoe trip


Price excludes:
  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?

    - Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 17 travellers per group.
    - Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.

  • Is there an age limit on tour?

    - Generally the age limit is 18 to 55 years. But please feel free to contact us if you are a youngster travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 55 years and we will gladly contact the local tour operator to see if we can’t work out something for you.

  • Where does the group overnight while on tour?

    - 11 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) on campsites with good ablution and other facilities.
    - 3 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) in basic bush camps with very basic ablutions (bush toilet + bucket shower).
    - 9 nights are spent in twin rooms / casitas / bungalows at nice camps / guesthouses / lodges.

  • What vehicle is used on tour?

    - We make use of safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle is used for luggage, food and camping equipment.

  • What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?

    - Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
    - Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.

  • How much extra money do I have to take along?

    - We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.

  • Do I need visa for this tour?

    - Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
    - In general European citizens do not require a visa for South Africa and Malawi. For Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique a visa is usually required.
    - It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.

  • Do I need vaccinations for this tour?

    - On this safari you will travel to Zambia which is within a yellow fever region. Thereafter you will return to South Africa, where proof of yellow fever vaccination will be required upon entering.
    - As Botswana, Victoria Falls, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique are situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
    - Although none of the countries visited on tour require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.

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