Drive from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park for a morning game drive and onto Iringa in the highlands of Tanzania. Travel to the sandy shores of scenic Lake Malawi, then head to Zambia to explore the untamed South Luangwa National Park and visit a local textile project.
Explore Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls and jump into optional adventure activities. Head across into Botswana and embark on a 4x4 game drive and game viewing boat cruise in Chobe National Park. Journey into the watery and wild Okavango Delta, walking and canoeing in the pristine wilderness. Take a game drive in the delta and fly to Maun, then venture into the Kalahari Desert to meet the San.
Cross the border into South Africa arriving in Johannesburg, where this accommodated Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg Safari comes to a close.
During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
On day one of this Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg Safari we set off for the Mikumi National Park, leaving the subtropical coastline of East Africa. Mikumi Park forms part of the larger Selous Game Reserve ecosystem and is home to a rich variety of wildlife and over 400 species of birds.
This morning we are up early for a game drive in Mukumi National Park, going in search of lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo, elephant and more.
After game viewing we make our way inland to the historic small city of Iringa. Located in the highlands tea growing area of Tanzania at 1550m above sea level, this pleasant town can get quite cool between June and August.
Leaving the lush highlands of Tanzania we head south into Malawi. Our destination for today is Lake Malawi, known as 'the Lake of Stars' due to the flickering lights of the fishing boats out on the vast lake at night. The third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi stretches 580km from north to south, covering about 75% of Malawi's eastern border.
We spend the next few days along the shores of Lake Malawi, exploring the northern region, doing optional water activities and lazing on the sandy beaches of this massive freshwater lake.
Spend your time swimming in the clear warm waters and snorkelling to see the brightly coloured cichlid, the tropical fish found in abundance here. You can do a full day hike to the historic Livingstonia Mission up on the plateau above Lake Malawi or volunteer with one of the local community initiatives in the area. On the morning of day four we visit a local community to meet the friendly people of Malawi and the following morning we go to the town of Karonga, once the centre of Malawi’s slave trade. Visiting the local museum we discover more about the fascinating history of humankind and the natural world.
On day six we travel further down the side of Lake Malawi, the ninth largest lake in the world, covering a massive portion of the Great Rift Valley.
This afternoon we arrive at our beautiful lodge along the western shores of Lake Malawi at Ngala Beach. End the day off with a sunset walk along the beach and a swim in the lake.
Early in the morning we drive to the South Luangwa National Park in neighbouring Zambia where we spend the next two nights at our safari camp right on the banks of the Luangwa River. Hippos, other animals and birds are commonly spotted from the camp bar, so keep an eye open as we sit back and watch the sunset.
Day eight is set aside for game viewing in this wild African reserve, home to an abundance of wildlife, including buffalos, leopards, zebras, hippos, giraffes, antelopes and crocodiles. In the morning you have the opportunity to take a game drive in South Luangwa, going in search of the wildlife and birds found here. Alternatively, you can join a walking safari in the dry season (April to December) - a thrilling way to get up close and personal with nature. Mornings are an excellent time for spotting a number of the animals roaming South Luangwa National Park. The opportunity to take a game walk is particularly special, because South Luangwa is where African walking safaris originated.
Later today we set off on a sunset game drive in the national park, looking for the rich diversity of wildlife and birds found in the wild marshes, woods and grasslands. We stop for sundowners in the bush before continuing our game drive into the night when we hope to spot the elusive nocturnal animals of South Luangwa.
We leave South Luangwa National Park today taking a relatively short drive through to Petauke. En route we visit a textile initiative to see the colourful creations being produced with local cotton. From March to December you can take a tour of the workshops to see more.
Zambia is truly African with many rural villages and farming communities dotting the lush vegetation along our drive.
The journey to the rapidly-expanding Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. If we arrive on time, and on a weekday, there may be an opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of Lusaka.
On day 11 we cross the Victoria Falls Bridge, driving from Lusaka to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Arriving in Victoria Falls your guide can assist you with booking activities for the following day.
On day 12 we visit the mighty Victoria Falls (included in Activity Package) to experience the thundering sound and impressive spray that gives Vic Falls its local name - Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means the "Smoke that Thunders". Witnessing the famous falls is an awe-inspiring experience as the Zambezi River plummets over 100 feet into the gorge below forming the largest curtain of falling water in the world at 1,7km wide. The smoke-like spray rises up to 400 meters high over Victoria Falls making the mist visible from as far as 50 km away!
In the afternoon you are free to explore and do optional adventure activities, and this evening we go out for dinner (extra cost) to sample local dishes. This part of the Zambezi River is famous for offering some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, an unforgettable experience! Other optional adventures include helicopter and microlight flights over Vic Falls, zip-line rides, trips to Livingstone Island and swimming in Devil's Pool. You can also walk around historic Victoria Falls town to take in the sights and visit the local markets, or rest at the lodge and take a dip in the pool.
On day 13 of our budget overland safari from Tanzania to South Africa, we travel into Botswana. Our next game viewing destination is the famous Chobe National Park, near Kasane.
Arriving at our safari camp a few kilometres from Chobe Park, we have lunch at the safari truck before setting off on a 4x4 game drive. Chobe is the second largest National Park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps.
Our game drive takes us in search of the wildlife and birds of Chobe, home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. This leading national park is best known for its huge population of African elephants. Later in the afternoon, we embark on a sunset boat cruise in Chobe Park. The Chobe River boat cruise provides excellent opportunities for spotting wild animals up close, including hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelope species and elephants.
Tonight's camp overlooks the Chobe River and surrounding bush, featuring a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Accommodation is in twin rooms, with en-suite bathrooms fitted with hot showers.
This morning we drive south through rural Botswana to the small town of Nata, located on the outskirts of the vast Makgadikgadi Pans.
In the afternoon you have the option of taking an excursion to the salt pans near Nata to experience the expansive landscapes of this arid environment. The Makgadikgadi Pans complex is one of the largest salt pan systems in the world, covering 30 000 km² of northern Botswana.
In the evening we prepare for our adventure into the pristine Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. The source of the beautiful Okavango Delta is found in the western highlands of Angola from where it flows through Namibia, before emptying into the Kalahari Desert of Botswana.
We stay in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a lodge with a pool, bar and wifi.
Please note: You will need to bring a smaller daypack (overnight bag) for the delta excursion as there is limited space for luggage on the transfer flights.
On day 15 we travel west to Maun, passing giant baobab trees and the northern fringes of the Makgadikgadi Pans en route.
Leaving our safari truck in Maun, we board a small plane for our scenic flight into the delta. From the airstrip, we take a game drive to our safari camp inside a private concession area deep in the delta. Over the next two days, we explore the waterways and islands of the Okavango, looking out for wild animals that are not accustomed to seeing people.
After settling in at our bush camp we set off on a late afternoon cruise in the Okavango Delta, one of the most unique wilderness areas in the world. Local polers take us on a relaxing mokoro ride ending with a spectacular sunset and sundowners in the bush. Mekoros are the traditional dug-out vessels used to navigate the maze of shallow delta channels. Returning to camp we spend the night around the campfire under starry skies in this wild place, listening to the sounds of nature.
On day 16 we rise early and glide out onto the reed-lined channels, making our way through the pristine bush to one of the untouched delta islands. Here we embark on a thrilling nature walk with a local expert, learning about the plants and looking for signs of wildlife. Returning from our nature walk, we spend time unwinding at camp, enjoying the quiet natural setting. Later in the afternoon, we take a sunset game drive in search of the shy animals and abundant birds of this scenic wilderness area.
This labyrinth of waterways and lagoons flowing between secluded islands and floodplains boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. The tranquil delta offers a truly wild and unforgettable African bush experience.
Please note that our itinerary in the delta varies depending on seasonal changes and local conditions. Also note that travellers not taking the Okavango Delta Trip (included in Activity Package) will stay in Maun and have time to explore the safari town, do optional mokoro day trips and scenic flights over the delta.
This morning we wake up to the sounds of the birds in the bush and spend some time enjoying the peaceful natural surroundings at camp.
Then we take a game drive to the delta airstrip for our flight to Maun, on the southern fringes of the Okavango Delta wetland system.
On the morning of day 18 you have one more chance to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta to view this magnificent wilderness area from above. The scenic flight offers sweeping views over the open plains and winding waterways, where wildlife can be spotted.
We then drive southwest to the Ghanzi area, in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a massive semi-arid expanse covering about 930 000 km² of the inland plateau in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The Kalahari San were the first inhabitants of this dry interior region, surviving off the land as hunter-gatherers for many thousands of years.
This evening we get our first glimpse into ancient San culture, watching a traditional song and dance performance.
Day 19 starts with a guided walk in the central Kalahari Desert. Walking with local San guides we find out more about the survival strategies of the nomadic San (also known as bushmen). Our guides share their indigenous knowledge about the local flora and fauna with us as we explore and gain insight into the rich culture of the San.
After our desert walk we drive south along the Trans-Kalahari highway to the small town of Kang, our last overnight stop.
On the final day of our Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg Accommodated Safari we cross into South Africa driving through the North-West Province to Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of southern Africa.
This wildlife and wilderness safari adventure ends in the dynamic and bustling city of Johannesburg, offering visitors plenty of attractions. Our post-tour lodge offers an optional dinner - a traditional braai (barbecue), for those wanting to dine together in celebration of the epic journey from East to Southern Africa.
Our time in the Okavango Delta will be spent at a bush camp in a 100 000 hectare private concession area, offering a unique delta experience. The secluded camp looks out over peaceful delta waterways and has a low impact on the environment, blending in with the wild African bush around it.
Stay in spacious, permanent Meru-style tents with en-suite bathrooms. These walk-in canvas tents feature comfortable twin beds, simple furnishings, mosquito netting and small outdoor areas with camping chairs. The tented lounge-dining area and outdoor boma are ideal for sitting back and taking in the sounds and sights of this untamed environment in comfort.
Activities offered at the delta camp include game drives, bush walks, mokoro trips, sunset boat cruises and sundowners on one of the islands.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
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