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Cape Town to Dar es Salaam Overland Tour

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    All about the Cape Town to Dar es Salaam Overland Tour.

    A truly African experience unfolds as we make our way from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam through the Namibian desert, Botswana waterways, Victoria Falls arriving at the gateway to tropical Tanzanian beaches.
    Crew: 2 Crew
    Max Passengers: 24 Passengers
    Vehicle: Adventure Truck
    Duration: 31 Days 30 Nights
    From / To: Cape Town to Dar es Salaam
    Meals: 29 Breakfast 29 Lunch 24 Dinner
    Countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Activity Package
    Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Optional Activity Package". You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.

    The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.
    • Wine tasting & traditional dinner
    • Guided desert walk with local expert
    • Himba Tribe visit
    • Okavango Delta excursion
    • Okavango Delta excursion
    • Chobe National Park game drive
    • Chobe National Park boat cruise
    • Vic Falls National Park entry
    • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
    • Mikumi National Park game drive

    1. Day 1 South Africa – Cederberg Region

      Leaving Cape Town this morning we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain, picture taken we travel across the Piekenierskloof Pass on our way to the Cedarberg Region. No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional Padstal, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cedarberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A wine tasting and traditional dinner offer an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality. ROUTE Cape Town to Citrusdal ACTIVITY PACKAGE Wine tasting & traditional dinner

    2. Day 2 Namaqualand – Gariep (Orange) River

      Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. No matter the time of year though, the strange desert vistas offer a unique backdrop to this days travel. ROUTE Citrusdal to Vioolsdrift INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Spring Wild Flower (Seasonal July – September)

    3. Day 3 Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon

      While the Orange River was named after the Dutch royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Later this morning we cross the border into Namibia and travel onwards to the Fish River Canyon, one of the largest in the world. This afternoon we take a walk along the rim of the canyon and end our day with a memorable sunset on the canyon edge. ROUTE Orange/Gariep River to Fish River Canyon INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon

    4. Day 4 Namib-Naukluft National Park

      Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Tonight we camp on the doorstep of the dune fields and fall asleep to the unique calls of the elusive Barking Gecko. ROUTE Fish River Canyon to Namib Naukluft

    5. Day 5 Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

      Watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia and this morning we rise before the sun to capture this magnificent moment. A brisk climb up Dune 45 offers us the perfect vantage point to marvel at the changing colours of the desert sunrise. Once satisfied we descend this famous dune and enjoy a hearty breakfast before catching a 4×4 transfer into Sossusvlei, here we will spend time on foot visiting the pans at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. A last stop at the Sesriem Canyon may end our visit to the dune fields, but our day in the desert continues this afternoon as we join a local expert for an educational desert excursion. Tonight we empty the red sand from our shoes and spend the night under the magnificent desert stars, knowing that we have spent a full-day enjoying the wonders of this harsh land. ROUTE Namib-Naukluft NP to Naukluft Area INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Sunrise hike up Dune 45 Walk into Sesriem Canyon 4×4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei ACTIVITY PACKAGE Guided desert walk with local expert

    6. Day 6 Swakopmund

      Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilization await. Reluctantly we leave the Namib behind and after a stop to mark our crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn, we continue to the Atlantic coastline. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. Arriving in Swakopmund we will have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer. We enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant tonight. ROUTE Naukluft Area to Swakopmund INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Walvis Bay Lagoon Tropic of Capricorn OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner Out in Swakopmund

    7. Day 7 Swakopmund

      While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Quad biking Sandboarding Skydiving Dolphin cruise Dinner Out in Swakopmund

    8. Day 8 Spitzkoppe

      This morning we travel a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road, passing the Salt Works we head north for a photo opportunity in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken. Lichens are one of the most fascinating examples of symbiosis in nature, algae and fungus unite to form the Lichen and live inseparably as one organism. We will have the opportunity to view these fascinating desert inhabitants before turning east towards Spitzkoppe. These massive granite formations tower 700 metres above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We will enjoy a late afternoon walk with a local guide and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art. ROUTE Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Visit and explore Spitzkoppe with a local guide

    9. Day 9 Himba Tribes: Outjo

      We continue north this morning and on our way we will visit a project that will introduce us to the Himba people of Northern Namibia. The semi-nomadic Himba Tribe are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged between Namibia and Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment. Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not We continue to our camp for the night and prepare for two magical days of game viewing in Etosha National Park. ROUTE Spitzkoppe to Outjo ACTIVITY PACKAGE Himba Tribe visit

    10. Day 10 Etosha National Park

      Rising early this morning we make the short drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. Today we have a full-day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Our truck offers us an elevated platform and we will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park. Evenings in Etosha are best spent wrapped up warm at the floodlit waterholes at the camps. Those who wish to partake in an optional night drive may do so tonight. ROUTE Outjo to Etosha National Park INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Etosha Night Drive – subject to availability

    11. Day 11 Etosha National Park

      Our second day in Etosha allows another full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. Tonight a second opportunity presents for those who wish to do an optional night drive, while the floodlit waterholes ensure that our game viewing continues deep into the night. INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Full day game drive in Nomad truck OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Etosha Night Drive – subject to availability

    12. Day 12 Windhoek

      A last early morning and short game drive to the gate sees us wrap up our visit to Etosha and take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Today we make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek in the afternoon. We will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks. Tonight we have the chance to eat at Windhoek’s most famous eatery, Joe’s Beer House has gained an international reputation for its venison dishes and quirky atmosphere. ROUTE Etosha National Park to Windhoek OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner at Windhoek INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Walk through Windhoek with your guide Craft market stop en-route

    13. Day 13 Botswana – Ghanzi

      Today we travel east and make our way to neighbouring Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Starkly different to the Namib Desert after which Namibia is named, the Kalahari is no less dramatic and covers over 900 000 square kilometres. The San people have long been associated with this harsh environment and tonight we enjoy a dance evening that provides an insight into their culture of song, dance and story-telling. ROUTE Windhoek to Ghanzi INCLUDED ACTIVITIES San Evening Dance Performance

    14. Day 14 Gateway to the Okavango Delta

      The San people have existed in some of the harshest conditions for thousands of years and this morning you will have the opportunity of joining an optional walk with San guides to learn how they embrace the environment to survive. This afternoon we journey to the banks of the Okavango River, our launching pad for the Okavango Delta excursion. Your guide will brief you on what to pack for the Delta excursion, a small daypack or overnight bag will be needed due to space restrictions for our transfers to and from camp. ROUTE Ghanzi to Etosha OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES San walk

    15. Day 15 Okavango Delta

      Today we embark on our Okavango Delta excursion. This unique and unusual ecosystem sees the annual flood waters of the Okavango River fan out into the sands of the Kalahari Basin. The seasonality of the flood waters lends the Delta its ever changing character. While water levels may fluctuate the tranquility of this wilderness area remains constant. ACTIVITY PACKAGE Okavango Delta excursion

    16. Day 16 Okavango Delta

      A full day is set aside to enjoy the activities on offer in the Delta, while the programme of activities is flexible to accommodate the seasonal changes, you will have the opportunity to enjoy amongst other activities traditional mokoro rides and natures walks. The Okavango Delta is not only a natural wonder, but represents one of the last great wilderness areas in the world today.

    17. Day 17 Okavango Delta – Caprivi Region

      Leaving the Delta behind us this morning we make our way to the border and re-enter Namibia. As we transit through the Caprivi Strip, much of our day is spent travelling through Game Parks and there is always the possibility of a lucky sighting. We overnight a short distance from the Botswana border as we prepare for an exciting day of activities in Chobe National Park tomorrow. ROUTE Okavango Delta to Caprivi Region

    18. Day 18 Kasane - Chobe National Park

      We enjoy our breakfast in Namibia this morning before returning to Botswana and our camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Lunch will be served from the truck and the afternoon is set aside for exploring the Chobe National Park. We begin our exploration in 4×4 vehicles, which allows us an up close and personal experience with the many Elephants that frequent the River in the afternoons. The afternoon ends with a leisurely Boat Cruise and a meal served around the campfire. ROUTE Caprivi Region to Kasane ACTIVITY PACKAGE Chobe National Park game drive Chobe National Park boat cruise

    19. Day 19 Zimbabwe -Victoria Falls

      With the memories of our wildlife encounters firmly etched in our minds, we cross the border in Zimbabwe this morning and travel the short distance to Victoria Falls. Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, also known by the local name of “Mosi-oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders). While much of today is dedicated to viewing the mighty Zambezi River as it drops into the Batoka Gorge below, the bustling adventure town of Victoria Falls also offers a range of optional activities for those wanting a dose of adrenaline in the afternoon. For the more relaxed traveller there are craft markets and coffee shops on offer as well. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out, your guide will assist you to decide on the many options available. ROUTE Kasane to Victoria Falls OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner at Victoria Falls ACTIVITY PACKAGE Vic Falls National Park entry

    20. Day 20 Victoria Falls

      With the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls, today is the perfect day for the adventure that most suits your style. Whether rafting the mighty Zambezi River or enjoying a flight over the Falls, this is your day to enjoy the many attractions on offer in Victoria Falls. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Bungee Jump – Solo White Water Rafting Helicopter Flights Zambezi Sunset Cruise

    21. Day 21 Lusaka

      Setting off early from Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead. ROUTE Victoria Falls to Lusaka INCLUDED ACTIVITIES View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge

    22. Day 22 Petauke

      This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, today’s landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home. ROUTE Lusaka to Petauke

    23. Day 23 South Luangwa National Park

      With two days of travel behind us we look forward to the tranquility of South Luangwa and this morning we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. Our first stop though is the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton and an important centre for the cotton famers of the region. Tribal Textiles represents the creativity of the African culture and those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December). One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away. ROUTE Petauke to South Luangwa National Park INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Textile project visit

    24. Day 24 South Luangwa National Park

      South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa Safari Walk (seasonal) ACTIVITY PACKAGE Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

    25. Day 25 Lake Malawi

      This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder. ROUTE South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi

    26. Day 26 Northern Lake Malawi

      Taking our time this morning we enjoy the charms of sunrise on the Lake, we head out this afternoon and come to rest on the northern reaches of the lake shore. Here we spend a few days indulging in the many attractions that underlie the charm of the Lake and its people. Our base for the next three nights offers a range of opportunities to satisfy every wish. ROUTE Southern Lake Malawi to Northern Lake Malawi

    27. Day 27 Lake Malawi

      Amongst the myriad of optional activities to fill your days, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Community Volunteering Livingstonia day trip (hike) Snorkelling Lake Malawi INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Local Village Visit

    28. Day 28 Lake Malawi

      This morning we set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, we learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. We return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake. INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Museum Visit Karonga Town OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Community Volunteering Livingstonia day trip (hike) Snorkelling Lake Malawi

    29. Day 29 Tanzania – Iringa

      Today as we leave Malawi, we ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way into Tanzania. We round the northern extremes of the lake as we turn east and continue to our overnight stop in Iringa. ROUTE Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa

    30. Day 30 Mikumi

      This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Abutting the northern border of this vast wilderness, Mikumi offers us an opportunity for an afternoon of game viewing. ROUTE Iringa to Mikumi ACTIVITY PACKAGE Mikumi National Park game drive

    31. Day 31 Dar es Salaam

      Today we continue onwards to the bustling port of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam grew from a humble fishing village and today is one of the largest cities in Africa. You tour comes to an end upon arrival in Dar es Salaam. ROUTE Mikumi to Dar es Salaam OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner

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