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Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length26 days
Priced from pps $1495 R21500 £1190 1316 A$2079 C$2003 NZ$2176 Full pricing info
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  • Max. Group Size 29 Travellers
  • Departs from Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ends at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Accommodation Standard Camping
  • Transport Ferry / Game Viewing Vehicle / Large Overland Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This 26-day African Camping Safari travels to several of the most remarkable highlights of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.

Experience the magic of sighting an array of African wildlife, including the Big Five, in the renowned Kruger National Park. Travel to Zimbabwe and camp below the hills housing Great Zimbabwe, go wildlife viewing in Hwange, Zimbabwe's premier national park followed by a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls.

Experience game-rich Chobe National Park on an overnight camping trip. Cross into Zambia to visit Livingstone, at Victoria Falls, before game viewing in the untamed South Luangwa National Park. Then, journey to Lake Malawi, where it's time to relax along the sandy shores of this huge freshwater lake. Head to the East Coast of Africa in Tanzania, for our relaxing trip to Zanzibar Island, where we enjoy tropical beaches and the rich African-Arabic culture.

A very affordable Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam Overland Camping Safari of a lifetime.

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DAY 1: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger Park – South Africa

This Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam Overland Camping Safari departs from Johannesburg travelling into the Lowveld of South Africa, to the renowned Kruger National Park. Our journey takes us through the southern part of the scenic Panorama Route – famous for its breathtaking views.

In the evening we set off on a night game drive, an exhilarating introduction to African bush. We search out nocturnal creatures in Greater Kruger using a spotlight, before returning to camp. Then we relax around the campfire at our camp inside Kruger National Park, getting a good night's rest before our early morning game drive. Our African wildlife experience continues at the safari camp, which is home to hippo, giraffe, zebra and impala, among others.

  • Included Activity: Night Game Drive
  • Lunch & Dinner

DAY 2: Kruger National Park – South Africa

Today we explore the world-famous Kruger National Park on game viewing drives.

This top African game park covers an area of 21 497 km2 (60 km wide and over 350 km long). The vast Kruger Park conservation area is home to over 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species. Around 23 000 different types of plants have also been recorded in this wilderness area.

We spend the day driving through Kruger Park in South Africa in search of the abundance of wildlife inhabiting the game reserve, stopping off at viewpoints as we explore. You have the option of upgrading to an open safari vehicle at extra cost.

Tonight you can embark on an optional night game drive in Kruger National Park, exploring the game-rich bush after dark in search of the nocturnal wildlife roaming this African game park.

  • Included Activity: Game Drive in Greater Kruger (in safari truck)
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: Kruger National Park to Polokwane – South Africa

We say goodbye to Kruger Park and leave the Lowveld of South Africa behind, heading to Polokwane.

Our drive takes us along one of South Africa's most scenic areas - the Panorama Route, including the impressive Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. We stop to admire the panoramic vistas at some of the viewpoints along the Blyde River Canyon, taking advantage of the superb photo opportunities.

Our next stop is Polokwane, capital of the Limpopo Province, and the largest metropolitan hub in the northern part of the country. The city is located close to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, not far from Kruger National Park, making Polokwane an ideal stopover on safaris through Southern Africa.

The overnight camp is situated just outside Polokwane, and on arrival, we set up our tents on the green lawns, before enjoying a swim in the refreshing swimming pool.

  • Included Activity: Blyde River Canyon Drive
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4: Polokwane to Musina - Zimbabwe

We replenish our supplies and head north towards Zimbabwe. We have a long drive ahead of us but the ever-changing scenery is a lovely diversion. Our journey takes us to Musina, known for being one of the hottest towns in South Africa. Here we camp at Tshipise, a resort with hot water springs. After we have set up camp take a dip in the rejuvenating springs and explore the walking trails and other activities on offer here.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5: Musina to Masvingo - Zimbabwe

Today we cross the border into Zimbabwe, a country rich in tradition and culture. We head for the world-famous Great Zimbabwe ruins, a fascinating reminder of an ancient, highly-skilled civilisation that constructed this medieval city. Wander around the remains of these ancient 'great stone houses' which is a translation of the Shona word for Zimbabwe. One of the most interesting finds at these remains were eight soapstone carvings of birds. Tonight we camp at the foot of the hills.

  • Included Activity: Great Zimbabwe
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6: Masvingo to Bulawayo - Zimbabwe

On Day 6 we travel to Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo. Steeped in colonial history, many of the town's buildings are heritage sites, maintained by Bulawayo City Council. Places of interest include the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre, which employs over 70 people. The streets are exceptionally wide, designed to accommodate a span of oxen in times past.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7: Bulawayo - Zimbabwe

Today we spend the day exploring the unique geological, ecological and historic area of the Matobo National Park. One of the few game reserves where the black and white rhino is prolific, it also home to a high concentration of the elusive leopard and the magnificent black eagle. The rock paintings found here are a legacy of the San people, evidence that they inhabited this area. Cecil John Rhodes is buried in these sacred hills, as he requested, although there is some controversy as to whether he will remain here.

  • Included Activity: Visit to Matobo National Park
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8: Bulawayo to Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe

We continue north-west to Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest reserve– the Hwange National Park. Hwange is well known for its abundance and variety of wildlife species including thousands of elephants, and rare antelope species such as the Sable and Roan Antelope. We enjoy a game drive to explore the wilderness in search of these, and the other resident wildlife species.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9: Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe

Today we spend the day wildlife viewing in Hwange National Park. Once the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king, Mzilikazi, it became a national park in 1929. Hwange boasts a large variety of wildlife, including the highest population of elephant in Africa and over 100 species of mammals as well as 400 bird species.

  • Included Activity: Game drive in Hwange National Park
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10: Hwange to Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

On day 10 we head to Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. When we arrive your guide will brief you on the activities available and you can unwind by the pool. In the afternoon we visit Victoria Falls - the largest sheet of falling water in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the natural wonders of the world, surrounded by Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwe side. The local name Mosi-oa-Tunya means the 'smoke that thunders' and when you visit you will see and hear why it is so named.

Our overnight camp is in the middle of Victoria Falls town, an ideal base for walking to local restaurants, sights, shops and booking agents, as well as Vic Falls.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 11 & 12: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

For the next two days you are free to relax and explore the area, taking advantage of some of the fantastic optional adventure activities offered at Victoria Falls.

Optional Excursions include day trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, trips to Livingstone Island, horseback safaris, sunset boat cruises and swimming in Devil's Pool. Adrenalin junkies can bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither for the faint-hearted!

All year round, flights in fixed-wing, microlight and ultralight aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi River is some of the best in the world. In addition to the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are more placid sections for admiring the towering cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

Some of our fellow travellers may end their tour in Vic Falls and new passengers often join us for the next stretch of our affordable African Camping Safari.

  • Breakfast

DAY 13: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park – Botswana

After breakfast, we depart from Vic Falls crossing into Botswana and making our way to Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River. Listen out for the resident hippos enjoying the waters of Chobe River and keep an eye out for birds and animals.

This afternoon we set off on our overnight camping trip in Chobe National Park, one of Africa's best game parks. Driving through the African bushveld we look out for wildlife en route to our mobile camp inside the national park.

Common sightings include rare sable and roan antelopes, along with impalas, kudu, elephants, giraffes, zebras and more. The park is also rich in birdlife, with numerous species to be ticked off the birdwatching list.

We spend the evening immersed in the rugged African bush, enjoying the sounds of untamed nature.

  • Included Activity: Chobe National Park - overnight mobile excursion
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 14: Chobe National Park to Livingstone – Zambia

Getting up early after our night in the Botswana bush, we set off on a morning game drive in search of Chobe's varied wildlife. After our rewarding game drive we pack up camp and travel back to the town of Kasane. On our return to the camp in Kasane, we get back on our safari truck and continue to the Zambian town of Livingstone.

This afternoon we have the opportunity to view Victoria Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia or embark on a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. More fantastic photo opportunities!

  • Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset Boat Cruise
  • Brunch & Dinner

DAY 15: Livingstone to Lusaka - Zambia

Today we get an early start and head northwards, passing through villages and towns in southern Zambia en route to our next campsite, in Eastern Zambia.

Zambia flourished during the copper boom in the 60’s and was able to establish extensive infrastructure in its main mining and farming communities. With the decline of the copper industry, the country was left virtually bankrupt and the infrastructure fell into ruin. But today Zambia is again starting to prosper, due to foreign investment and a resurgence in the mining industry. The rising prosperity can be seen in the cities of Zambia where foreign stores, banks and imported cars are increasing, but the villages and smaller towns are less developed.

Some of the local wildlife such as the eland, Africa's largest antelope, share the safari campsite with us!

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 16 & 17: Lusaka to South Luangwa Park – Zambia

On days 16 & 17 we visit the South Luangwa National Park of Zambia.

South Luangwa is Zambia's leading game park, known for its unspoilt wildness and incredible beauty. Located along the Luangwa River this remote national park hosts about 60 animal species and 420 bird species. The game park is home to large elephant herds, as well as an abundance of buffalo, hippo, crocodile and various antelope species. The park is also home to good numbers of zebra, giraffe and leopard, among others.

The most southern of three national parks in the Luangwa Valley, Luangwa Park covers some 9050 km² of the most fertile part of Luangwa Valley. Here we are immersed in the wild bush, enjoying excellent game viewing in our tour vehicle.

  • Included Activity: Game Drive through Luangwa National Park
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 18 - 20: Chipata to Lake Malawi Beaches – Malawi

Malawi is known as the Warm Heart of Africa and over the next few days we explore this friendly nation. We stop in the administrative centre and capital of Malawi, Lilongwe. This small city serves as the administrative capital of Malawi and consists of an old town that contrasts with the more modern zone.

Malawi is a long, landlocked country with 20% of its total area covered by the beautiful, fresh-water Lake Malawi. Over the next few days we trace the full length of the western shores of Lake Malawi, visiting scenic bays along the way. We start in the central area moving north along the fringes of the lake. Our days are spent relaxing on the unspoilt beaches, learning to play the game of bao from locals or bargain hunting at the markets.

The temperate climate of Malawi is suited to swimming all year round, so you can always take a dip in the clear blue waters. Explore the picturesque shores of Lake Malawi meeting local fishermen as they sort the fresh catch of the day. The fishermen still bring in their catch using traditional fishing techniques. The ‘fairy’ lights of the fishermen's boats twinkle out on the lake at night, which is why Lake Malawi is known as The Lake of Stars.

You can gain insight into the skill involved in handling one of the fishing boats by trying your hand at paddling a dugout canoe yourself. Excursions offered at the lakeside campsites along Lake Malawi's shores include options such as water sports, horse riding and visits to the local school and village.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 21: Lake Malawi to Iringa – Tanzania

We leave Lake Malawi utterly relaxed after four days and enter Tanzania via the border post at Songwe. Taking in the beauty of the Tukuyu banana and tea plantations of the area, we head for our next night's stop, the high-lying town of Iringa.

The rustic 'Farmhouse' campsite in Iringa is famous for its Amarula hot chocolate and piping hot showers - both worth savouring.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 22: Iringa to Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

After a good night's rest in Iringa, we continue our Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam Overland Camping Safari to the seaside city of Dar es Salaam.

We pass through the Mikumi National Park of Tanzania seeing a wide range of wildlife from the roadside. The wildlife in Mikumi is quite accustomed to the passing traffic, which makes sighting the animals easier as we drive through the game park.

Upon our arrival in Dar es Salaam, we find our lovely campsite set at the seaside and busy ourselves with preparations for the next stretch of our African journey. The next morning we head to Zanzibar Island.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 23: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Island

On day 23 we travel to Zanzibar on our island excursion. From Dar es Salaam we take a ferry across to the Spice Island, where we spend three nights. Zanzibar Island is one of Africa's top beach getaways, boasting unspoilt tropical beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters.

Zanzibar has a colourful past once serving as one of the major departure points for European explorations into new territories of East Africa. The islands were also an important stop on the old trade route between Europe, Africa and the East.

  • Breakfast
  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Ferry
  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Excursion
  • Included Activity: Spice Tour & Dhow Excursion

Please Note:

Meal costs and optional activities are for your own account in Zanzibar, allowing for flexibility and self-guided exploration on the island. Zanzibar Island hosts a wide selection of restaurants offering a variety of tasty meals. Your trip leader joins you and can help with arranging activities in Zanzibar. New passengers may join us on our Zanzibar Trip.

DAYS 24 & 25: Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar Island has a great range of activities to offer visitors, from historical sightseeing to exciting water activities. Zanzibar is one of Africa's top beach destinations, featuring picture-perfect tropical beaches lapped by azure waters.

During our stay on Zanzibar, we explore one of the spice plantations, a colourful experience on the Spice Island, which is famous for its exotic spices. We also embark on a sunset dhow cruise during our trip to Zanzibar Island.

Spend some time sightseeing and exploring on your own. The quaint streets of the old Stone Town of Zanzibar reveal traces of the local Arabic history, from Medina-style shops to the impressive palaces that once belonged to powerful Sultans.

Other interesting activities on Zanzibar Island include a day trip to the pristine beaches of Prison Island, to see its giant tortoises. A full day of scuba diving in Nungwe is well worth it, as is snorkelling, island hopping and the experience of fishing in a traditional sailing dhow. There are a variety of restaurants offering a fantastic array of fresh seafood straight from the ocean, with crayfish being a popular speciality. You can mingle with the locals at the seafront market of Forodhani Gardens in Stone Town, where tasty seafood can be bought at bargain prices.

DAY 26: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

Departing from the tropical Zanzibar Island in the afternoon our exciting beach trip comes to a close. We return to the shores of Tanzania by the early evening feeling sun-kissed, rejuvenated and relaxed.

The memorable Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam Overland Camping Safari comes to an end in Dar es Salaam, where we say goodbye to our fellow travellers.

Please Note:

This Budget African Safari starts in Johannesburg, South Africa and travels north through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and to Zanzibar, ending in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam Overland Camping Safari departs from Johannesburg on Wednesday mornings. Should you wish to explore Johannesburg, an earlier arrival is recommended. Accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris.

This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices & Local Payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a truck and crew change during the safari trip.

Please note this tour or a portion of this tour may coincide with a family departure, in which case, children from 6 years old may be included in the tour. Please contact African Budget Safaris to confirm.

Optional Extras and Excursions

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SOUTH AFRICA:

  • Johannesburg City Tour (pre-trip)
  • Soweto Tour - Joburg (pre-trip)
  • Kruger Park Open vehicle Game Drive

ZIMBABWE - VICTORIA FALLS: 

  • White Water Rafting-Full Day 
  • River Boarding combo Raft & Board 
  • Bungee Jump (111m) 
  • Micro Light over the Falls
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls
  • Trip T-Shirt 

MALAWI:

  • Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach 
  • Horse Riding at Kande Beach (Bush, Beach & Swim)                                    
  • Village Walk & Meal at Kande Beach
  • Traditional Healer Visit 
  • Livingstonia Mission Hike
  • Carving Lessons & Local Fishing

TANZANIA - ZANZIBAR: 

  • Prison Island Snorkeling Trip 
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing 
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire  
  • Local drivers license/insurance

Child Policy

Please note this tour or a portion of this tour may coincide with a family departure, in which case, children from 6 years old may be included in the tour. Please contact African Budget Safaris to confirm.

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SOUTH AFRICA:

  • Johannesburg City Tour (pre-trip)
  • Soweto Tour - Joburg (pre-trip)
  • Kruger Park Open vehicle Game Drive

ZIMBABWE - VICTORIA FALLS: 

  • White Water Rafting-Full Day 
  • River Boarding combo Raft & Board 
  • Bungee Jump (111m) 
  • Micro Light over the Falls
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls
  • Trip T-Shirt 

MALAWI:

  • Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach 
  • Horse Riding at Kande Beach (Bush, Beach & Swim)                                    
  • Village Walk & Meal at Kande Beach
  • Traditional Healer Visit 
  • Livingstonia Mission Hike
  • Carving Lessons & Local Fishing

TANZANIA - ZANZIBAR: 

  • Prison Island Snorkeling Trip 
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing 
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire  
  • Local drivers license/insurance
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