2 East South Safari. Dar Es Salaam to Johannesburg

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Your Africa budget tour starts in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, travels through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and finishes in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Pre-departure meeting: 17:00pm the day before at the departure point
  • Departure point: Dar Es Salaam, Kipepeo Campsite, Plot 4, Mjimwema, Kigamboni
  • Check-in: 08:30am
  • Departure: 09:00am
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Group size: Max 30 passengers
  • Safari vehicle: Overland truck

Day 1: Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar

A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes you to the 'Spice Island', where you will spend3 nights on this legendary island. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands. Breakfast is included.

Please note:

Accommodation can be arranged for you whilst on Zanzibar, although clients have felt the need to explore the island on their own. Therefore accommodation and food is for client's own account whilst on Zanzibar.

Days 2 & 3: 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 still famous for its spices, and tours around a spice plantation can be organised. Other options include a trip to the nearby Prison Island with its giant tortoises, and beautiful beaches to enjoy. Or perhaps you would enjoy the opportunity to hire a motorbike and explore the more remote areas of the island during your Africa budget tour.

Zanzibar is a seafood lover's paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - giant lobsters being a popular speciality. Alternatively, joining the locals for dinner in the waterfront market is an experience not to be missed. The market stalls offer an unusual selection of fast food African style at a very reasonable cost.

Day 4: Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Leaving Zanzibar you take the ferry back to mainland for an overnight in Dar es Salaam. There may be an opportunity to visit one of the craft markets offering an extensive range of exquisite ebony products (where prices depend on your bargaining skills) and where the goods are made on-site. It is possible to observe the carvers at work and understand the skill, which has gone into making even the simplest trinket. Dinner is included.

Day 5: Dar es Salaam - Iringa, Tanzania

Leaving Dar es Salaam on day 5 of your Africa budget tour, you head for Iringa and camp at the Old Farmhouse, a beautiful rustic campsite in rural Tanzania. Try one of the signature Amarula Hot chocolates! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Days 6 - 9: Iringa to Lake Malawi, Malawi

The next morning you head for Malawi passing through the beautiful tea plantations of Tikuku before exiting Tanzania. You enter Malawi through the border post of Songwe and head to Chitimba Beach campsite in Malawi for the night.

The newly democratic Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area being the beautiful Lake Malawi. The country's temperate climate allows for swimming in these clear blue fresh-waters all the year round. You travel the full length of western side of lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets for the next 4 days. This is the time for rest and relaxation. Lake Malawi offers a variety of water sports from various beachside campsites.

Alternatively, you can go wandering along quieter shorelines where you can see the fishermen sorting their daily catch. Traditional methods are still used in their fishing techniques and you can appreciate their boating skills by trying to paddle in a dugout canoe yourself.

Visit the nearby villages and schools as well as dine in the local village, haggle for a bargain at the local markets, learn the game of bao with some locals ... or simply relax on the pristine white beaches. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10: Lake Malawi to Chipata, Zambia

You cross the border into Zambia, heading to a beautiful little campsite just 10kms before the Zambia/Malawi border, where you spend the night. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 11: Chipata to Lusaka, Zambia

The landlocked country of Zambia is quickly crossed, passing through the capital Lusaka for one night. The campsite is home to some local wildlife and has beautiful facilities. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Days 12 & 13: Lusaka to Lake Kariba, Zambia

This morning you will pack up camp early and head south for Lake Kariba. You head to the western waters of Lake Kariba and your base camp for the next 2 nights. The lake is one of the largest man made lakes in the world, boasting a wide variety of African game, bird life and unique flora and fauna.

Here you have the option to take a 2 night trip on the House Boats on Lake Kariba. For those who do not want to partake in the House Boats there are many activities you can do at the campsite such as fishing, canoeing, hikes, explore the local village or just relax on the tranquil banks of Lake Kariba. The campsite also has a swimming pool where you can enjoy soaking up the sun. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

House Boat option 2 night / 2 day:

You board the House Boats at approx 1pm and have lunch after you have settled yourself in. You depart the harbour at approx 2pm and sail out to the Maaze River for a beautiful sunset and overnight on the House Boats. Lake Kariba is famous for its spectacular sunsets.

The next day you can relax the entire day on the deck of the House Boat and enjoy the on board Jacuzzi. House Boats on Lake Kariba are truly one of the most relaxing ways to spend a few days.

For those of you feeling a bit more active in the early morning you can take a Fishing/Game Cruise on tender boats or you have the option to do a game walk on the island in the Maaze area. There is opportunity to see plains game and many different species of bird life.

After lunch and head to Maaze Island where you do a tour of the Crocodile Farm. Dinner is prepared on the boat while you sit back and enjoy your sundowners over the lake.

Day 14: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today you cross the border into the town of Victoria Falls. 1700 metres wide and around 100 metres high, the Victoria Fallsis one of the most memorable sights on your African safari. A couple of days are spent here to enable you to experience the sights and the many activities available.

All year round, flights can be taken which give you a panoramic view of the Falls, Batoka Gorge and the islands above the Falls. Flights can be taken in fixed wing planes, micro lights or helicopters during this Victoria Falls tour. Back on the ground, the Falls can be seen from the Victoria Falls Park. All offer fantastic photographic opportunities. Breakfast is included.

White water rafting in the Batoka Gorge is considered to be world class. Besides the excitement of the grade 5 rapids, there are the 'floats' where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks. Bungi jumping enthusiasts can take the plunge from the Zambezi Bridge, which connects Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The leap into the Batoka Gorge is one of the latest activities at Victoria Falls and is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Other optional activities around Victoria Falls include day trips into the Zambezi National Park, horse riding safaris, a visit to the Crocodile Ranch, Snake Park, golf at the Elephant Hills Hotel, parachuting, the Falls Craft Village.

Days 15 & 16: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The next few days are at your own leisure to explore the town of Victoria Falls and partake in the many activities available during your Victoria Falls tours.

Day 17: Victoria Falls - Kasane, Botswana

This morning you depart Victoria Falls after breakfast and cross the border of Zimbabwe into Botswana. You will set up camp for the night and prepare for your afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana's premier game parks, renowned for the large herds of Elephant around the Chobe River. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 18: Kasane - Maun, Botswana

An early morning start sees you travelling in southwesterly direction to Maun, your base camp before you start your Optional Excursion into the Okavango Delta. Today is a long day's drive with lunch on the roadside. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 19: Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland Delta in the World. Studded with exotic islands, the Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life as well as many other animals unique to Southern Africa. Here you have the opportunity to partake in the optional 3 day / 2 night excursions into the Delta.

In this excursion you travel approximately 1-2 hours north to the mokoro polers station. From there you board mokoros, the local dug out canoes, which are poled by local guides through the winding waterways. Your guides will select a place to set up camp. An afternoon game walk will allow you to experience the Delta wilderness. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 20: Okavango Delta, Botswana

A day of rest, relaxation and Delta experiences await. Today you will have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including game walks, mokoro cruises, swimming and even a chance to try your hand at poling your own mokoro! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 21: Okavango Delta - Maun, Botswana

There is a final opportunity for a morning game walk before packing up camp and setting off back to Maun. After arriving back in the early afternoon you have the opportunity to complete your picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional sunset scenic flight over the Delta region. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 22: Maun - Francistown, Botswana

Today is a long day's drive to Francistown. Francistown was originally a gold-mining centre, but now the town has expanded into a retail and wholesale shopping mecca. You stock up with supplies for the next few days. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 23: Francistown - Polokwane, South Africa

You start the day early by crossing the border into South Africa. Your tour drives through the North Province of South Africa, crossing the Highveld and then the Lowveld. You will overnight at a lovely campsite before your trip to the famous Kruger National Park the following morning. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 24: Polokwane - Hazyview, South Africa

Today you head for the spectacular Kruger National Park, your base camp for the next 2 nights. Here you will be able to enjoy the refreshing swimming pool and hot showers before gathering around the campfire, anticipating your exciting game drive the following morning. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Day 25: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park is one of the most famous wildlife parks in the world. Covering an area of 21, 497 sq km - 60km wide and over 350km long, this conservation area has more than 500 bird species, 114 reptile, 49 fish, 33 amphibians, 146 mammals and over 23000 plant species have been recorded.

Today is spent in the Park on a full day game drive to see how many of the species can be found. Tonight there is an option of a night drive in the park. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.

Day 26: Hazyview - Johannesburg, South Africa

After a delicious campfire breakfast you start your journey to Johannesburg, you drive once again through beautiful ever changing scenery before entering the bustling city where your trip will finish.

Optional Excursions:

  • Zanzibar accommodation
  • Kariba House Boat (2 nights)
  • Game walk on Maaze Island
  • Victoria Falls National Park
  • Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta
  • Okavango Delta with mokoros
  • Night drive in Kruger Park

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