Cape to Joburg 6 Country Epic Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length36 days
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  • Max. Group Size 24 Travellers
  • Departs from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends at Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle / Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

An affordable African Trip of a lifetime - from Cape Town in South Africa up through Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and across into Mozambique. Start the Budget African Safari with the Cederberg Mountains, before heading to the Orange River and then the Fish River Canyon.

Explore the Namib Desert, going to Sossusvlei Dunes, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon. Discover Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe and a Himba village, then go game viewing in Etosha National Park. Experience Botswana's wild Okavango Delta, visit the Caprivi Strip and spot game in Chobe National Park, crossing into Zimbabwe to see the mighty Victoria Falls.

Travel back into South Africa encountering wildlife in world-famous Kruger National Park. Head into Hlane Royal National Park in Swaziland and on to Mozambique to enjoy the highlights of Praia do Tofo, Vilanculos, Bazaruto Archipelago, Inhambane and Maputo.

Journey back to Johannesburg where our unforgettable Budget African 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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Tour Highlights include:

  • Cederberg, Namaqualand & Orange River - South Africa
  • Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert & Swakopmund - Namibia
  • Spitzkoppe, Etosha Park & Windhoek - Namibia
  • Okavango Delta Camping Trip - Botswana
  • Chobe Boat Cruise & Game Drive - Botswana
  • Victoria Falls & Optional Activities - Zimbabwe
  • Kruger National Park - South Africa
  • Hlane Royal National Park & Village - Swaziland
  • Maputo, Inhambane, Tofo & Bazaruto Islands - Mozambique

Day 1: Cape Town to Cederberg Mountain Region – South Africa

This Southern African Safari departs from the beautiful city of Cape Town, stopping at Table View to photograph and simply admire the panoramic views of the city and Table Mountain from afar.

We make our way northeast to the picturesque Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape. Known for its rugged mountains, verdant valleys and citrus farms, the Cederberg is named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedar tree, endemic to this part of South Africa. The Cederberg is also famous for the endemic rooibos plants that only grow here, and are used to produce a hugely popular, healthy tea.

Arriving at our first overnight camp near Citrusdal, we get to sample some of the fine locally produced wines of South Africa. Then we enjoy a traditional South African dinner. After the traditional meal, your guides will give you a full briefing on what to expect during our safari through Southern Africa.

  • Meals: Lunch
  • Activity Package: Wine Tasting & Traditional Dinner

Activity Package:

This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. 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 of the Activity Package.

Day 2: Namaqualand & Gariep River – Namibia

Today we travel north through the Namaqualand region, famous for its colourful and abundant indigenous wildflowers in spring (August & September). Driving through this sparsely-populated Northern Cape region we make our way to to the Gariep River, formerly known as the Orange River. We stop in the remote town of Springbok in South Africa for last minute supplies, before continuing towards Namibia.

The night is spent getting to know one another over a hearty meal at our camp beside the Orange River, which forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gariep River to Fish River Canyon – Namibia

In the morning we have the opportunity to experience South Africa's longest river, the Gariep/Orange River by canoe, or spend some time relaxing at the riverside camp.

Later we travel north to the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Getting there, we take a scenic hike along the rim of the canyon to gain perspective on just how large this natural phenomena is. Having captured the grandeur of the canyon at sunset we head to our overnight camp.

  • Included Activities: Walk along Fish River Canyon
  • Optional Activities: Half-day Orange River Canoeing Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fish River Canyon to Namib-Naukluft National Park – Namibia

This morning we drive further north into the vast Namib Desert area of Namibia.

We camp in a scenic spot just outside of the 50 000km² Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa. The Namib-Naukluft protects vast tracts of uninhabited desert, home to unusual and rare creatures, plants and birds.

Tonight we experience the vast star-studded sky and silence of the Namib Desert, occasionally broken by the sound of jackal calls and the unique barking of the gecko!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Namib-Naukluft National Park – Namibia

Today we visit the Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of Namibia’s geographic gems. The national park incorporates a large part of the Namib Desert, considered the world's oldest desert.

In the morning we transfer to Dune 45 where you have the chance to hike up the dune for amazing views over the desert and great photo opportunities as the sun rises. Then we have breakfast and take a 4x4 transfer further into the desert, where we explore on foot. Spend time in Sossusvlei and Deadvlei - two of the most striking and famous sights in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. There are massive sand dunes in the Sossusvlei Desert area, famous for the size and red-orange colour of the dunes that make up its remarkable landscapes. The stark pan is scattered with gnarled dead trees contrasting with the cracked white earth, and surrounded by bright orange-red dunes, similar to Deadvlei.

In the afternoon there’s a short walk into Sesriem Canyon, which stretches about a kilometer in length and reaches up to 30 meters deep. The floor of Sesriem Canyon is dotted with shallow pools and the canyon walls reveal layer upon layer of sedimentary rock, eroded by the Tsauchab River over the ages. Then we are joined by an expert local guide for a nature walk in the desert, as part of the Activity Package. Exploring on foot, our local guide will share his detailed knowledge of the ancient Namib Desert with us. On this walk we discover how the San (bushmen) have long survived in the arid deserts of Southern Africa.

  • Included Activity: Hike up Dune 45, 4x4 transfer to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Walk in Sesriem Canyon
  • Activity Package: Guided Desert Walk with local expert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Swakopmund – Namibia

On day six we cross the latitudinal line of the Tropic of Capricorn, pausing to take some photos.

Heading back to the west coast of Africa, we stop at the lagoon in Walvis Bay, to see numerous waterbirds, including seasonal flocks of flamingos. Then it’s on to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, where you will be briefed on the many optional activities available for the next day.

In the evening you can enjoy some excellent seafood at a local restaurant as well as the vibrant local nightlife. We stay at a comfortable guesthouse in Swakopmund featuring a bar, laundry services and internet. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en suite bathrooms that have hot showers.

  • Included Activity: Stop at Walvis Bay Lagoon
  • Optional Activity: Dinner out in Swakopmund
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Swakopmund – Namibia

Day seven on this Southern Africa Camping Safari is free for you to explore the quaint town of Swakopmund, where German colonial and contemporary influences can be seen in the architecture and culture. You can also try some of the many adventure activities available at this popular coastal town, including quad biking on the dunes, sand boarding, sky diving and cruises to see dolphins.

  • Optional Activities: Dolphin Cruise, Sky Diving, Sandboarding, Quad Biking, Dinner Out in Swakopmund
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Spitzkoppe – Namibia

Leaving Swakopmund we drive north along the rugged Skeleton Coast, stopping in Wlotskasbaken to view the lichen colonies around the town.

From the coast we head east to Spitzkoppe, also called the Matterhorn of Namibia.

Spitzkoppe is a stark area of dramatic exposed granite peaks, with the highest outcrop rising to over 1780m above sea level. First, we set our camp up at the base of the Spitzkoppe massif. Then, we take a guided walk in Spitzkoppe to admire the rock formations of this open wilderness and view ancient San rock art. We explore the rocky outcrops that rise impressively above the flat plains, with our local guide.

  • Included Activity: Spitzkoppe walk with local guide
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Kamanjab & Himba Tribe – Namibia

Today we drive further inland towards Kamanjab village in the Kunene Region of Namibia. We visit a 'staged' Himba community near Kamanjab to meet the modern day Himba and gain insight into their disappearing traditional lifestyles.

The Himba were once a semi-nomadic, pastoral tribe with distinctive traditions and cultural practices. Today few Himba still live off the land as their ancestors did, remaining unchanged by western influences. We visit an educational village, established to portray the Himba way of life, without impacting negatively on the truly traditional communities living in natural environments. The unique culture of the striking Himba is characterized by their style of dress, particularly their hairstyles and elaborate jewelry. Those Himba that have not become westernized still speak a dialect of the old Herero language and traditionally breed cattle or goats.

Visiting this representation of a traditional Himba village supports the education of orphaned Himba children who are taught about their own vanishing culture and heritage. At the end of our tour we stop in at a market where you can browse or buy local goods, then we continue to our overnight camp.

We spend the night at a camp near Kamanjab, featuring a swimming pool, bar, internet and restaurant.

  • Activity Package: Guided Visit to Himba Village
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - 11: Etosha National Park – Namibia

On day 10 we make our way to Etosha National Park - one of Africa's finest wildlife areas.

We stop at various watering holes in search of the wild animals that come to drink at these sites, while exploring as much of Etosha as possible. Our game drives are conducted in the safari truck, providing an elevated vantage for spotting animals and birds.

The 22 000 km² Etosha Park is dominated by the salt pan after which the park is named. The word Etosha means ‘Great White Place of Dry Water’ in the local Ovambo language.

Etosha Park is home to a variety of animals, plants and birds and is known as one of Africa's top safari destinations. Etosha hosts some rare and endangered species, including unusual desert species. We will have plenty to see on our game drives in this vast park, inhabited by 144 mammal species such as elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, damara dik-dik, lion, cheetah, leopard, wildcat, hyena, and jackal. As well as being home to 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and even a species of fish.

We stay at the camps inside Etosha Park - Okaukuejo, Namutoni or Halali camps. All three rest camps feature floodlit waterholes where wild animals can be viewed at night. On both nights you have the option of taking a night game drive in Etosha - a thrilling way to experience the bush and search for elusive animals.

  • Included Activities: Afternoon game drive in truck (day 10) and full day game drive in truck (day 11)
  • Optional Activity: Etosha Night Drive
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (x 2)

Day 12: Windhoek – Namibia

We start day 12 with a final game drive in Etosha Park, before travelling south to Windhoek.

On our way to Namibia's capital city we stop at an arts and crafts market so you can browse and buy some authentic African creations. Windhoek is situated almost in the centre of Namibia and serves as the economic, cultural and political capital of the country.

Upon arrival your guide takes you on a short walking tour of Windhoek city to see some historical sights and highlights of the vibrant city centre, before checking into our centrally located lodge.

Tonight you have the option of sampling game meat at Windhoek’s most famous eatery, Joe’s Beer House, and stopping in at a German-style pub. Facilities at our overnight lodge include a big swimming pool, a restaurant, internet, laundry services and a bar. Accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

  • Included Activities: Craft Market Visit, Walk about in Windhoek with safari guide
  • Optional Activities: Dinner at a local restaurant in Windhoek
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Ghanzi - Botswana

Departing from Windhoek we make our way out of Namibia and into Botswana. From the border we drive through the semi-arid Kalahari of Botswana, dotted with rural villages and roaming livestock.

Later we arrive at our lodge in Ghanzi, and this evening we experience some traditional tribal dancing by the San community. The traditional San (bushman) people are indigenous to Southern Africa having inhabited the area for over 30 000 years surviving in harsh conditions as nomadic hunter-gatherers.

  • Included Activities: San (bushman) Dancing
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Maun near Okavango Delta - Botswana

On the morning of day 14 you can take an optional walk with local San guides, learning more about their ancient ways and the Kalahari Desert habitat. Walking with the San gives you insight into their ingenious survival techniques, from medicinal plant uses to hunting and fire making.

Then we drive to the busy safari town of Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. The Delta system is made up of a series of rivers, flood plains and waterways fed by water from the Angolan Highlands, during the rainy season. The Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, so it empties into the sands of the Kalahari Desert, irrigating some 15,000 km². The pristine Okavango Delta is the natural jewel of Botswana and one of the top wildlife destinations for travellers to Africa.

In the afternoon you have the chance to take an optional flight over the Okavango Delta (weather allowing). This scenic flight provides sweeping aerial views over the vast labrynth of delta waterways and plains, where wildlife can be seen.

This evening we prepare for our trip (included in the Activity Package) into one of the truly wild places on earth. Those who opted not to take the Activity Package will be staying behind at the base camp in Maun, where optional activities are available and meals are included. Please bring along a small backpack (overnight bag) for our delta excursion, as space is limited on the transfers in and out of the delta.

  • Optional Activity: Bushman Guided Walk & Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 & 16: Okavango Delta - Botswana

Waking on day 15 we have breakfast and travel into the Okavango Delta, heading to our remote delta camp. After settling in at our exclusive camp we set off on an afternoon mokoro canoe trip in the private concession area, depending on seasonal water levels. Mekoros are the traditional dug-out vessels used to navigate the labyrinth of shallow delta channels. Local polers (guides that pole the canoes through the water) take us on a relaxing mokoro ride ending with a spectacular sunset and sundowners in the bush. Returning to camp we spend the night around our campfire under starry skies in this wild place, surrounded by the sounds of nature.

On day 16 we rise early for a full day of exploring the Okavango Delta on mokoro rides and bush walks. Typically, we glide out onto the reed-lined channels, making our way through the pristine bush to one of the secluded delta islands. Then we embark on a thrilling nature walk with a local expert, learning about the plants and looking for signs of wildlife. The wild animals of the delta are unaccustomed to people, but we may see some of these shy inhabitants on our walk. Returning from our nature walk, we spend time unwinding at camp, enjoying the quiet natural setting. Later in the afternoon we take a cruise along the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta. Much of our exploring is done by mekoros (traditional dug-out canoes), depending on water levels.

The pristine Okavango Delta is the jewel of Botswana and one of the top wildlife destinations for travellers to Africa. Not only is the Delta labyrinth a visual delight but it is also home to an abundance of fauna and flora, including some amazing birdlife. A truly wild African bush experience - camping in the Okavango Delta, you will be immersed in the wilderness, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of this unspoiled area and its inhabitants up close.

Travellers not taking the delta trip stay at the campsite on the fringes of the delta for two nights and have time to explore the area, and take mokoro day trips and scenic flights over the delta.

  • Activity Package: Okavango Delta Camping Trip
  • Optional Activity: Tips for Delta Polers
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (x2)

Okavango Delta Camp

Our intimate delta camp is located inside a 100 000 hectare private concession area, offering a unique delta experience. The secluded camp looks out over peaceful delta waterways, blending in with the wild African bush around it.

What makes this exclusive camp particularly special is that it only caters for one group of travellers at a time, so you will only share your delta adventure with your fellow safari-goers. Exploring this private delta concession with our experienced guides, you won't come across other groups, allowing you to escape the crowds. This laid-back camp is located in the remote northern section of the delta, in a game-rich wilderness area attracting buffalo herds and other wild animals, as well as a wide array of birds.

Stay in pre-erected dome tents fitted with camping beds and mattresses, at this bush camp with a low environmental impact on the wilderness. The camp features ablution facilities with hot showers, a bar and lounge area, a plunge pool and a spacious, open-sided boma with kitchen facilities.

The camp is ideal for immersing yourself in nature, listening to the lion's roar amid other sounds at night. Activities offered at the delta camp include game drives, bush walks, mokoro trips, sunset boat cruises and sundowners on one of the islands and boma dinners.

Day 17: Okavango to Caprivi - Namibia

We leave the magical Okavango Delta returning to our safari truck for our drive into Namibia. From our camp on the outskirts of the delta we drive north into the Caprivi Strip region of Namibia, a narrow finger of fertile land stretching east between Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Zimbabwe.

Making our way north via Mahango Game Reserve we head to our overnight camp located on the banks of the Okavango River, looking out for wildlife along the way. We stay at a leafy camp along the river, south of Divundu and Bwabwata National Park. The lodge offers optional boat cruises, and features a riverside deck, restaurant, bar, pool and internet facilities.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Chobe National Park - Botswana

This morning we continue east along the rural Caprivi Strip, passing through wilderness areas on our way to Kasane, back in Botswana. Reaching Kasane we head to our safari camp, overlooking the Chobe River near Chobe National Park. We have lunch (served from the safari truck), and settle in at the camp, which features a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

In the afternoon we set off on a 4x4 game drive in Chobe National Park, renowned for its huge population of migratory elephants and large buffalo herds. Chobe Park is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps.

After sighting a variety of wild animals and birds on our game drive, we embark on a sunset boat cruise along Chobe River. From the water we get up close to plenty of African wildlife such as hippos, buffalos, antelopes and elephants making for excellent photographic opportunities. The sunset boat cruise also offers outstanding bird watching! Then we return to camp for dinner and relaxation around the campfire.

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

Day 19: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Today we cross into Zimbabwe where we visit the much-anticipated Victoria Falls, on the mighty Zambezi River.

Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vic Falls is the largest waterfall in the world at 1700m wide and over 100m high. The local name for the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning 'The Smoke that Thunders', a name you will be able to appreciate fully when you witness the impressive spray rising up from the waterfall as it roars into the Batoka Gorge below.

We stay in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms that have hot showers, at a hotel in Victoria Falls. The hotel has a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and laundry services.

  • Activity Package: Victoria Falls National Park Entry
  • Optional Activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

The whole of day 20 is free for you to explore Victoria Falls town, enjoy the scenery and get your adrenalin flowing with adventure activities.

Most people spend the day participating in a few of the exciting adventure activities available at Victoria Falls. 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 bungee jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge.

A sunset cruise along the Zambezi River is an ideal way to end an action-packed day at Vic Falls, having sundowners and watching for wildlife and birds from the boat.

  • Optional Activities: Morning Tram & Bridge Tour, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Bungee Jump, Helicopter Flights, White Water Rafting
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 21: Victoria Falls to Francistown – Botswana

Leaving the spectacular Victoria Falls early this morning, we cross back into Botswana and drive south to Francistown.

We overnight at a pretty camp just outside of Francistown in central Botswana, enjoying the pool at this lovely spot.

  • Meals: No meals included

Day 22: Francistown to Johannesburg – South Africa

Early this morning we head south along the Great North Road, crossing into South Africa.

We travel through the changing landscapes of northern South Africa, passing from open bushveld dotted with giant baobabs to fields of citrus and maize and then into the densely populated and industrialized Highveld and Gauteng Province, the economic powerhouse of Southern Africa.

Our Southern Africa Safari arrives in the bustling Johannesburg, the City of Gold, in the late afternoon. Tonight you have the option of enjoying a braai (barbecue) at the lodge, in true South African style. This optional braai can be booked through your guide on the previous day.

  • Meals: No meals included
  • Optional Activity: Traditional braai at the lodge

Day 23: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park - South Africa

This morning we depart from the dynamic mega-city of Johannesburg in South Africa and travel northeast into the scenic Mpumalanga Province, making our way towards Kruger National Park.

Along the way we stop in the historic small town of Dullstroom, also known as Emnotweni. This quaint town, founded in the early 1880's, is located high up in the Steenkampsberg Mountain Range and is most famous for trout fishing. After lunch (own account) we continue to the Lowveld where many of South Africa's top game parks are located, including Kruger National Park.

For the next three nights we stay at a safari camp inside a private reserve, within the Kruger National Park, which covers nearly 2 million hectares of untamed wilderness. The camp is fenced off to keep out the roaming predators and features a variety of facilities including a swimming pool, shop, bar and internet.

In the late afternoon you have the option of joining a sundowner game drive in the private game area. The sunset game drive needs to be booked with your safari guide this morning.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Optional Activity: Sunset Game Drive with sundowners (subject to availability)

Day 24: Kruger National Park – South Africa

This morning we drive into the world-famous Kruger National Park - one of Africa's best game reserves and South Africa’s premier national park. We go in search of the Big Five of Africa and the variety of other wildlife and birds found in this vast game park.

For those who opted to take the Activity Package, the day is spent game viewing in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in Kruger National Park. Game viewing in the open safari vehicle you are immersed in nature and get to see the wildlife and birds without windows between you. If you chose not to take the optional Activity Package, you will go game viewing in the safari truck, offering an elevated vantage for spotting wildlife in the bush.

In the late afternoon we return to our camp for dinner and a good night's rest. This evening you have the option of setting off into the reserve on a sunset game drive.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Included Activity: Afternoon Game Drive (in safari truck)
  • Activity Package: Full Day 4x4 Game Drive
  • Optional Activity: Sunset Game Drive (subject to availability)

Day 25: Panorama Route – South Africa

On day 25 you have the option of rising extra early to do a game walk in the private concession area of Kruger. Walking in the African bushveld brings you up close to the incredible flora and fauna of the region, and also provides the exciting opportunity to encounter large animals on foot.

Once the early morning walk is finished, we travel along the Panorama Route on the edge of the scenic Drakensberg Escarpment. One of the most beautiful parts of South Africa, we take a leisurely drive, stopping to admire the views along the way. Panorama Route highlights include the eroded rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the impressive Blyde River Canyon. We stop at God’s Window to take in the sweeping views over the Lowveld of Mpumalanga.

Returning from our Panorama Route exploration you have the option of taking an evening game drive in the private reserve within Greater Kruger Park.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Included Activity: Panorama Route Highlights
  • Optional Activity: Morning Bush Walk

Day 26: Kruger to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Area – Swaziland

Most of the day is spent game viewing in Kruger National Park as we make our way south through this special wildlife haven.

Leaving Kruger we travel into the small landlocked country of Swaziland, heading to our campsite near Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Covering 46km² of scenic wilderness, this is the oldest game park in Swaziland.

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

Day 27: Hlane Royal National Park – Swaziland

Embark on an optional game viewing activity in Hlane Royal National Park this morning. Options include a rhino game drive which is highly recommended. Situated in the northeast of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Hlane Royal Park is Swaziland’s biggest game reserve at around 30000 hectares, including the adjacent wildlife concessions.

Hlane reserve is home to lion, elephant and endangered white rhino, as well as seasonal wildebeest, impala and zebra. Vegetation in the flat, low-lying Hlane consists of hardwood trees, grasslands and shallow pans. The game park is also home to an abundance of various birds, including a variety of vultures and eagles.

This afternoon we visit a nearby village to experience Swazi culture and see how people live in rural Swaziland. We visit Hlane Umphakatsi, meaning chief village, where we find out more about the traditions and beliefs of the local Swazi. The Swazi have kept their history and culture alive through a strong oral tradition, with storytelling carrying their rich cultural heritage from one generation to the next.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Included Activity: Umphakatsi Cultural Experience
  • Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive in Hlane Royal National Park

Day 28: Maputo – Mozambique

Today we leave the friendly Swaziland Kingdom behind making our way north into Mozambique on the east coast of Africa. We drive to the capital city, Maputo, passing through the beautiful rural landscapes of tropical Mozambique.

Arriving in Mozambique’s largest city, we check into our hotel and go to a popular restaurant for lunch. Then your guide takes you on a walking tour of Maputo to show you the sights and visit a local market. Maputo is a chaotic, yet charming, African city with a mix of cultures and architectural styles. The city has a Latin flair and as Mozambique’s most important port is located on the coast of Maputo Bay. The city was called Lourenço Marques prior to independence and is known for its cultural richness, along with the acacia and jacaranda trees that line the streets.

This evenig you can eat out at one of the city's excellent restaurants and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

  • Included Activity: Walk through Maputo with safari guide
  • Optional Activity: Dinner & Night Out in Maputo
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 29 - 31: Inhambane – Mozambique

On day 29 we're up early and back on the road, heading north through coconut plantations and rural Mozambique, dotted with villages. Our next stop is the charming town of Inhambane, with its tree-lined avenues and old colonial buildings. We spend the next three nights staying at a lodge along a sandy beach in Inhambane, exploring the town and nearby Praia do Tofo.

Days are free for you to enjoy laid-back hours on the picturesque beaches or do some optional activities including watersports and a few land-based adventure activities - from scuba diving to horse riding.

On day 31 your guide takes you to Praia do Tofo, to browse the market, sample local foods, participate in optional activities or lounge on the beach. Once a sleepy fishing village, today Tofo is one of the most popular beach destinations in Africa, considered the diving capital of the country, and one of the best places in the world to see whale sharks. Snorkelling with whale sharks and manta rays, on the Ocean Safari (own account) in Tofo is a not-to-be-missed highlight, so take the dive!

On our first night here we are treated to a traditional Mozambiquan dinner. On the other evenings you can go to talks about conservation efforts on the coast of Mozambique, aimed at protecting large marine species such as sharks, manta rays and turtles.

  • Optional Activity: Inhambane Snorkelling / Tofo Ocean Safari (snorkel with whale sharks) / Scuba Diving / Surfing etc
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (day 29 & 30) / Breakfast & Dinner (day 31)

Day 32: Vilanculos – Mozambique

This morning we stop off in Inhambane town to visit a market and see some of the old buildings. One of the oldest settlements on the east coast, here Arabic, Indian, African and European influences blend together in an interesting mix.

Your guide can arrange a ferry trip from Inhambane to Maxixe, crossing the bay in a dhow - a truly local adventure. Dhows are the traditional sailing vessels that have been used for trading along the East Coast of Africa for centuries. Alternatively you can travel in the safari truck, meeting up with the rest of the group in Maxixe.

Then we drive north along the coast to Vilanculos, our next Mozambican beach stopover and base for exploring the idyllic Bazaruto Islands.

The lively seaside town of Vilanculos is ideally located for exploring the three main islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago (Bazaruto, Benguerra and Magaruque), lying just off the mainland of Mozambique. The Bazaruto Archipelago is Mozambique’s premier travel destination - a tropical beach paradise with clear turquoise waters and palm fringed islands. As a protected area, the reefs are pristine and the sea life here is spectacular. Arriving at the lodge in Vilanculos late this afternoon your guide will tell you more about the trip to Bazaruto tomorrow.

  • Included Activity: Explore Inhambane on foot (self-guided), Traditional Dhow trip to Maxixe (Not Compulsory)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 33: Bazaruto Islands Trip – Mozambique

Today we take a day trip to the dazzling Bazaruto Archipelago (included in Activity Package), known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. This morning we set off for the Bazaruto Islands in a traditional dhow, heading to the renowned Two Mile Reef. Here we stop for a swim or some snorkelling, one of the best ways to enjoy this aquatic wonderland, before continuing to Bazaruto for lunch.

This cluster of five unspoiled tropical islands is considered one of the most beautiful places in Africa. Mozambique’s only marine reserve, Bazaruto is world-renowned for its superb diving and snorkelling given the abundant sea creatures inhabiting its intact reefs. Marine life includes an impressive variety of tropical fish, whales and dolphins, as well as the rare Dugong (sea cow) and Nile crocodiles. Some of the aquatic creatures sighted on dives include whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, lobsters, barracuda, clown fish, Moorish idols and mackerel. Antelopes, Samango monkeys and around 180 bird species also inhabit the Bazaruto islands.

You have the chance to explore the islands on foot and go snorkelling on the colourful reefs. In the afternoon we make our way back to Vilanculos, sun-kissed and relaxed.

If you did not purchase the Activity Package you will spend the day in Vilanculos.

Please Note: If the tide is high when we set out in the morning we will go straight to Bazaruto and then to Two Mile Reef for some snorkelling. Thereafter we have lunch on Benguerra Island. If the weather conditions are poor, we will visit Magaruque Island instead of the main Bazaruto Island.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Activity Package: Bazaruto Islands Day Trip

Day 34: Xai Xai – Mozambique

Today we drive south along the pretty coast: mango trees dripping with fruit along the road, passing the cashew nut and fruit sellers and small villages, livestock roaming in the roads.

The town of Xai Xai is our last overnight stop in Mozambique, a lively holiday resort town on the coast beside the Limpopo River. Stroll on the beach or go for sundowners in Xai Xai, enjoying your last evening on the coast of Mozambique.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 35: Malelane in Mpumalanga Province – South Africa

Today we leave Mozambique behind, returning to the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, via Maputo. Our last overnight camp is near the farming town Malelane, close to Kruger National Park.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 36: Johannesburg – South Africa

On our final day we travel back to Johannesburg where our Cape to Joburg 6 Country Epic Overland Camping Safari adventure comes to an end.

Although the tour ends in the afternoon most safari groups choose to dine together in the evening. Our post-tour lodge offers a traditional braai (barbecue) that can be booked with your guide on day 35.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Optional Activities: Dinner at lodge in Johannesburg

We recommend arriving the day before your safari and only booking flights for the day after the safari ends. We can help arrange accommodation for before and after the safari on request.

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South Africa Activities

  • Half-Day Canoe Trip 
  • Morning Bush Walk in Kruger concession
  • Sunset Game Drive in Kruger concession
  • Dinner Out at Lodge in Johannesburg 

Namibia Activities

  • Dinner Out in Swakopmund 
  • Dolphin Cruise (4-5hours) 
  • Sky Diving 
  • Sandboarding 
  • Quad Biking (2 hours)
  • Dinner Out in Windhoek 

Botswana Activities

  • San (Bushman) Walk 
  • Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Tips for Polers - Clients Discretion
  • Game drive in Okavango Delta (subject to availability)

Zimbabwe Activities

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

Swaziland Activities

  • Guided Mountain Bike Trail (2hrs) 
  • Rhino Game Drive in Hlane Royal National Park 
  • Guided Game Walk in Hlane Royal National Park 

Mozambique Activities​

  • Snorkelling 
  • Quad Biking 
  • Scuba Diving at Praia do Tofo 
  • Ocean Safari with Whale Sharks 
  • Dinner Out in Maputo 
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South Africa Activities

  • Half-Day Canoe Trip 
  • Morning Bush Walk in Kruger concession
  • Sunset Game Drive in Kruger concession
  • Dinner Out at Lodge in Johannesburg 

Namibia Activities

  • Dinner Out in Swakopmund 
  • Dolphin Cruise (4-5hours) 
  • Sky Diving 
  • Sandboarding 
  • Quad Biking (2 hours)
  • Dinner Out in Windhoek 

Botswana Activities

  • San (Bushman) Walk 
  • Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Tips for Polers - Clients Discretion
  • Game drive in Okavango Delta (subject to availability)

Zimbabwe Activities

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

Swaziland Activities

  • Guided Mountain Bike Trail (2hrs) 
  • Rhino Game Drive in Hlane Royal National Park 
  • Guided Game Walk in Hlane Royal National Park 

Mozambique Activities​

  • Snorkelling 
  • Quad Biking 
  • Scuba Diving at Praia do Tofo 
  • Ocean Safari with Whale Sharks 
  • Dinner Out in Maputo 
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