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Nairobi to Johannesburg Accommodated Overland Safari

Tour Length30 days
Priced from pps $3051 R39700 £2385 2808 A$4032 C$4121 NZ$4349 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Accommodated Overland Tour

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  • Max. Group Size 20 Travellers
  • Departs from Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends at Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Accommodation Bungalow or Chalet / Hotel / Lodge / Luxury Camping
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle / Ferry / Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Migration Safari (Seasonal) & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This Nairobi to Johannesburg Accommodated Safari travels from Kenya into Tanzania, where you can take an optional game viewing trip in the world-famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Then, catch the ferry to Stone Town on Zanzibar Island and relax on the idyllic tropical beaches, before returning to Dar es Salaam and taking a game drive in Mikumi National Park.

Unwind on the sandy shores of Lake Malawi, exploring fishing villages and participating in optional watersports and outdoor activities. Cross into Zambia for game viewing in South Luangwa National Park, before visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Enter Botswana and enjoy a 4x4 game drive in Chobe Park and a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Then drive via the Caprivi Strip of Namibia to the untamed Okavango Delta for a truly wild adventure.

Lastly we venture into the Kalahari Desert to meet the San (bushmen) and continue to South Africa, where this comprehensive Nairobi to Johannesburg Safari comes to an end.

Responsible Travel Note

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.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Nairobi to Johannesburg Accommodated Safari Highlights:

  • Optional Ca​mping Trip to Serengeti Park & Ngorongoro Crater - Tanzania
  • Zanzibar Island Beaches & Stone Town - Tanzania
  • Villages, Beaches & Activities at Lake Malawi
  • South Luangwa National Park - Zambia
  • Victoria Falls & Zambezi River - Zimbabwe
  • Sunset Boat Cruise & Game Drive in Chobe Park - Botswana
  • Okavango Delta Trip - Botswana
  • Kalahari Desert & San Culture - Botswana

Day 1: Nairobi to Arusha – Kenya to Tanzania

Our Nairobi to Johannesburg Accommodated Safari departs from Nairobi, the bustling capital of Kenya, driving south across the border into Tanzania.

On our way to the town of Arusha, we may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Arusha is located at the base of Mount Meru, Africa's fifth highest peak. This growing town is set in an area of Tanzania that has a cool climate and features lush green hills.

This afternoon we prepare for the optional excursion (extra cost) to the world-famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. The optional camping trip is done through a local tour company and their guides will brief you this evening. As we will be travelling in smaller safari vehicles you will need to pack a smaller bag (overnight pack) for our trip to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Activity Package:

An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment include activities considered as "essential" on the tour. This itinerary includes these activities. For those that can't afford all of these activities there is the option of doing the basic safari without the Activity Package. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost.

Day 2 to 4: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater – Tanzania

The next four days are set aside for the optional three-night ca​mping trip into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater (excluded from the Activity Package).

This area of Tanzania has one of the densest large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater excursion is conducted in open 4x4 safari vehicles to help navigate the rough roads in these top game parks. We spend our days on game drives on the plains of Serengeti, prime Big Five territory and home to the Great Migration. From Serengeti we descend into the Ngorongoro Crater to see the high concentrations of wildlife found here.

For those not visiting the Serengeti Plains and Ngorongoro Crater this is a great chance to experience the local Maasai culture and take day trips to the game parks of the Northern Safari Curcuit of Tanzania, including Arusha, Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks.

  • Optional Activities: Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Trip
  • Arusha Optional Activities: Game viewing day trips, Maasai village trip, hiking, village tours and volunteering
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Arusha – Tanzania

Today those that explored the Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area meet up with the rest of the group back at the safari truck in Arusha.

This evening we share tales of our African wildlife adventures and cultural encounters. Game viewing in the Serengeti Park is always an unforgettable experience and one that will be shared time and time again.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bagamoyo – Tanzania

Next on this accommodated overland safari we drive southwards to Bagamoyo. Founded in the late 1700's the town offers insight into the history of Tanzania, particularly the 19th century when it was a major trading post.

Today dhow sailing boats are built in Bagamoyo, which translates as “lay down your heart” dating back to the cruel slave trading days in East Africa. The history of Bagamoyo includes interesting German colonial, Swahili, Arabic and Christian missionary influences.

We stay at a lodge next to the beach and get ready for our Zanzibar Island Trip, kicking off the next day.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 to 9: Zanzibar Island

After an early morning wake up on day seven, we leave Bagamoyo and drive south to Dar es Salaam on the east coast of Africa. A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar Island (included in Activity Package).

From Stone Town we transfer to Nungwi Beach in the north, where we spend our time relaxing on the white sand beaches. On our way north we stop to visit the spice plantations of Kidichi and Kizambani. Experiencing the tastes, colours, flavours and smells of the exotic spices is a must in Zanzibar, known as the Spice Islands.

At Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar there are various watersports and ocean activities available, from snorkelling to scuba diving and sailing. Explore the islands on guided trips or rent a scooter and set off on your own. Zanzibar is renowned for being an ideal tropical beach destination, so unwind in paradise and go swimming in the clear, Indian Ocean waters.

We spend our last night on Zanzibar Island near Stone Town, once a major port on the slave and spice trade routes.

  • Activity Package: Zanzibar Trip (including ferry)
  • Optional Activities: Lunches out, Swimming with Dolphins, Dhow Sailing Trips, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc.
  • Included Activity: Spice Tour (part of Activity Package)
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

Spend the morning exploring historic Stone Town to see the unique architecture and diverse cultures of Zanzibar Island.

Then our action-packed Nairobi to Johannesburg Accommodated Overland Safari leaves the beach paradise of Zanzibar Islands. We catch a late ferry back to Dar es Salaam returning to our safari truck and travellers that stayed behind at the camp.

Tonight you can enjoy an optional dinner out in lively Dar es Salaam.

  • Included Highlight: Stone Town (included in Activity Package)
  • Optional Activity: Dinner Out in Dar es Salaam
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park – Tanzania

Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline travelling to Mikumi National Park, one of the largest game parks in Tanzania. Mikumi National Park is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant, among other wildlife and over 400 species of birds.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Iringa – Tanzania

This morning we are up early for a game drive in Mukumi National Park, forming part of the larger Selous Game Reserve ecosystem.

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.

  • Activity Package: Morning game drive in Mikumi National Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 to 15: Northern Lake Malawi – Malawi

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 14 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.

  • Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Hiking and Volunteering
  • Included Activity: Karonga and Museum Visit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Ngala Beach, Lake Malawi – Malawi

On day 16 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.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 & 18: South Luangwa National Park – Zambia

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 18 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.

  • Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive and Game Walk in South Luangwa
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: South Luangwa to Petauke – Zambia

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.

  • Included Activity: Textile Project Visit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Lusaka – Zambia

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 opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of Lusaka.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 & 22: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

On day 21 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 22 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 white water 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.

  • Optional Activities: Dinner out, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
  • Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park entry fees
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (day 21) / Dinner (day 22)

Day 23: Chobe National Park – Botswana

On day 23 of our budget overland safari from Kenya 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 kilometers 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.

  • Activity Package: Chobe National Park Game Drive & Boat Cruise
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Chobe Area to Caprivi Strip - Namibia

This morning we drive north into the Caprivi Strip region of Namibia, a narrow finger of fertile land located between Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Zimbabwe. We spend the day driving west through the rural Caprivi Strip, passing through three parks on our way to the Kavango region. The route we take, travels along a migratory corridor for wildlife moving between Botswana and Angola, so keep your eyes open for sightings.

This afternoon we reach our camp on the banks of the Okavango River in the Caprivi Strip, enjoying a beautiful sunset over the bush. Our camp is located in the delta panhandle area, gateway to the spectacular Okavango Delta. 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 internet.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25 - 26: Okavango Delta – Botswana

Leaving our safari truck, we take a morning boat cruise into the delta, switching to safari vehicles for the second leg of our journey. Our game drive takes us deeper into the delta to our safari camp in a private concession area. 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 26 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.

  • Activity Package: Accommodated Okavango Delta Trip
  • Optional Activity: Tips for Delta Polers
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Okavango Delta to Maun – Botswana

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.

  • Activity Package: Game drive and flight to Maun
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: Maun to Kalahari Desert – Botswana

On the morning of day 28 you have the chance to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavangi 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 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.

  • Included Highlight: San Dance Performance
  • Optional Activity: Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Kalahari to Kang – Botswana

Day 29 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.

  • Activity Package: Bush Walk with San Guides

Day 30: Johannesburg – South Africa

On the final day of our Nairobi 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 Kenya.

  • Optional activity: Dinner at the post-safari lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast

Okavango Delta Camp

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.

Optional Extras and Excursions

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Tanzania Activities

  • Serengeti 4-day Camping Trip
  • Ballooning over Serengeti National Park
  • Zanzibar Lunches
  • Swimming with Dolphins
  • Scuba Diving

Malawi Activities

  • Hiking
  • Snorkelling
  • Canoeing
  • Village Tours
  • Volunteering

Zambia Activities

  • Walking Safari in South Luangwa National Park
  • Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Zimbabwe Activities

  • Dinner Out in Victoria Falls
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise
  • Morning Tram & Bridge Tour
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Helicopter Flights
  • White Water Rafting

Botswana Activities

  • Scenic Delta Flight
  • Tips for Polers - Clients Discretion

South Africa Activities

  • Dinner at lodge in Johannesburg
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