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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, Exceptional Birding, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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2019 Itinerary Overview 2018 Info

An affordable Southern African Trip of a lifetime - from Cape Town in South Africa up through Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and across into Mozambique and Swaziland via Kruger. This Budget African Safari begins with the rugged Cederberg Mountains and Namaqualand, before heading to the Orange River and Fish River Canyon. Then we explore the Namib Desert, going to Sossusvlei Dunes and Deadvlei. From there, discover Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe and Brandberg Mountain, then go game viewing in the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park. Experience Botswana's wild Okavango Delta, gaze over the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and spot wildlife in Chobe National Park, before crossing into Zimbabwe to see the mighty Victoria Falls.

Then travel back into South Africa encountering wildlife in world-renowned Kruger National Park. Drive to the warm East Coast of Africa, taking in the highlights of coastal Mozambique - Inhambane, Praia do Tofo, Vilanculos, Bazaruto Islands and Maputo. Lastly, cross into scenic Swaziland, where we visit Hlane Royal National Park and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to watch wildlife and birds and enjoy unspoilt nature. We then journey back to Johannesburg where our unforgettable Overland Camping Tour concludes.

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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Day 1: Cape Town to Cederberg Mountains – South Africa

This Southern Africa 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.

From Cape Town, we drive northeast to the picturesque Cederberg Region of the Western Cape, passing quaint farmstalls and fertile farmlands along the way. 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 indigenous rooibos plants that only grow here, and are used to make a hugely popular, health tea.

Arriving in the Cederberg we visit a rooibos tea farm to see these indigenous tea plants as well as buchu plants, also used to make herbal tea. After visiting the rooibos farm we head to our first overnight lodge in the scenic Olifants River Valley, where we relax and enjoy dinner. After dinner, your guides will give you a full tour briefing. Our campsite is on a farm near the town of Citrusdal and features shared ablutions and a pool.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Activity Package: Rooibos tea farm visit

Activity Package:

This overland 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 and Gariep (Orange) River – Namibia

On day two, we travel through the arid Namaqualand region of South Africa. This sparsely-populated region is famous for its abundance of colourful indigenous wildflowers in spring (July to September) and its open landscapes offer a glimpse of the vast vistas ahead.

We stop in the remote town of Springbok for last minute supplies before crossing into Namibia and heading to our campsite set on the banks of the Gariep River, which forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. The night is spent getting to know one another over a hearty meal under the starry African sky beside the former Orange River.

  • Included Activities: Spring Wild Flowers (July to September)
  • Meals: Breakfast & 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. Letting the current carry us along, this is a gentle paddle down the river. Canoeing along the Gariep is the ideal way to take in the rugged scenery and spot birds and animals along the river.

At about noon we set off north towards the mighty Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. We make our way to the Ai-Ais Hot Springs where we pause for a quick dip in the mineral springs before proceeding to our overnight camp close to the Fish River Canyon.

  • Included Activities: Hot Springs
  • Optional Activities: Half-day Orange River Canoe Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest & Giants Playground – Namibia

On day four we get up early to visit the geological gem of the Fish River Canyon. We stroll along the rim of this massive canyon admiring the spectacular views in the glowing morning light. After capturing photos of the incredible canyon and soaking up the dramatic scenery we proceed west to Keetmanshoop.

This afternoon we visit the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground near Keetmanshoop. Some 250 quiver trees constitute this forest, declared a national monument in 1995. The quiver tree forest includes specimens between 200 and 300 years old making it an important ecological site. Giants playground is a bizarre landscape strewn with unusual stacks of large dolerite boulders about 160 to 180 million years old.

  • Included Activities: Fish River Canyon visit / Quiver Tree Forest & Giants Playground visit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Keetmanshoop to the Namib Desert - Namibia

This morning we set off on our long drive into the sandy Namib Desert area of Namibia. Today takes us through shifting scenes of seemingly-deserted plains, farmlands and desert habitats revealing the sheer scale of Namibia's open landscapes.

Tonight we camp in the desert near the Namib-Naukluft National Park, experiencing the vast star-studded skies and deep silences of the Namib Desert, occasionally interrupted by jackal calls and the barking of geckos. The Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of Namibia’s geographic gems, is said to be amongst Africa's largest game parks. The national park incorporates large parts of the Namib Desert, considered the world's oldest desert.

Facilities at our desert camp include drinkable water, a bar, a swimming pool, hot showers, shared ablutions and a shop.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Sossusvlei Dunes in Namib-Naukluft Park – Namibia

Today we rise early to hike up Dune 45 in time for a spectacular desert sunrise over the endless dunes. The hike up this well-known dune is relatively easy and well worth it, for the panoramic views and excellent photographic opportunities from the top. Back at the bottom of the dune, we have a hearty breakfast in the desert.

Then we take a 4x4 transfer to the famous Sossusvlei Dunes to see the towering, red-orange sand dunes of its remarkable landscapes. We spend time exploring Sossusvlei and Deadvlei on foot, soaking up the contrasting scenery of the stark pans scattered with dead trees.

From the sea of tall red dunes, we return to our overnight camp with hot showers in the shared ablutions, a pool and a bar.

  • Included Activities: Sunrise hike up Dune 45, 4x4 transfer to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Swakopmund – Namibia

On day seven of our Cape to Kruger Tour, an expert local guide takes us on a nature walk in the unique desert habitat as part of the Activity Package. Exploring on foot, our local guide will share his detailed knowledge of the ancient Namib Desert area with us. On this guided nature walk, we discover how the San (Bushmen) have long survived in the arid deserts of Southern Africa.

Then it is time to leave the ochre sands of the Namib behind, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the Atlantic coastline of Namibia. Reaching the coast we stop at Walvis Bay where many waterbirds gather, including flamingos, in season. 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. Our Swakopmund accommodation is in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a guest lodge, featuring a bar and internet.

  • Included activities: Visit Walvis Bay
  • Activity Package: Guided desert walk
  • Optional Activities: Dinner out in Swakopmund
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Swakopmund – Namibia

Today is free for you to explore the quaint town of Swakopmund, where strong colonial and contemporary German influences can be seen.

Located along the rugged shores of the icy Atlantic with the sandy desert surrounding it, Swakopmund offers an exciting mix of activities. Today you can try one or two of the many adventure activities available in this popular coastal town. Take a quad bike ride over the dunes, try sandboarding, go skydiving or take a cruise to see dolphins along the coast of Swakopmund. We spend another night at the friendly guesthouse in Swakopmund.

  • Optional Activities: quad biking, skydiving, sand boarding, scenic flights, dolphin cruises and dinner out
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Spitzkoppe & Brandberg – Namibia

Leaving Swakopmund we drive to Brandberg Mountain via Spitzkoppe. Our journey takes us along the rocky Skeleton Coast - a treacherous stretch of coastline littered with shipwrecks, into the former Damaraland region.

Along the way, we stop to explore Spitzkoppe, also called the Matterhorn of Namibia. The dramatic exposed granite peaks of Spitzkoppe form one of the most iconic landmarks of Namibia rising up to 700 metres above the surrounding plains. We join a local guide for a walk in the impressive Spitkoppe massif to view San rock art and find out more about the traditional San. After our guided walk, we proceed to Brandberg Mountain and our overnight camp near Namibia's tallest mountain.

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

Day 10: Brandberg White Lady – Namibia

On the morning of day 10, we head out on a short hike to the famous White Lady rock painting of Brandberg. Our walk takes us through rugged terrain, along the typically dry Tsisab River gorge. After walking for about an hour we reach the well-known rock painting created by the San around 2000 years ago. This is one of over 45000 rock paintings scattered across the Brandberg area.

After our short hike, we leave Brandberg which translates as 'burning mountain', so-named for the way its granite face sometimes glows brightly at sunset. Driving north we make our way to the Kamanjab area in the remote and sparsely-populated Kunene Region.

  • Included Activity: Brandberg White Lady hike
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - 12: Etosha National Park – Namibia

On day 11 we make our way to Etosha National Park for some superb game viewing on the outskirts of Etosha Pan. 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's sparse vegetation improves the chances of sighting wildlife as the animals are less hidden in the bush.

Our game drives are conducted in the safari truck which gives us a raised view out over the plains. We visit waterholes in search of the wild animals that come to drink at these sites, as well as exploring as much as we can of Etosha. Etosha Park is home to a variety of animals, plants and birds and is known as a top safari destination in Africa. 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.

You also have the option of embarking on night game drives on either of the nights in Etosha Park. We camp inside the game park, at Okaukuejo, Halali or Namutoni camp - all of which boast floodlit waterholes where wild animals can be spotted at night. Each overnight camp features a variety of facilities including a bar, swimming pool and shop.

  • Included Activities: Games drives in the safari truck
  • Optional Activity: Etosha night game drive
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (x2)

Day 13: Windhoek – Namibia

Enjoy a final early morning game drive as we leave Etosha Park and make our way to Namibia's capital city, Windhoek. Upon arrival in Windhoek, we take a short walking tour of the city centre to see its major landmarks and main attractions. Tonight you have the chance to try game meat at Windhoek’s most famous eatery, Joe’s Beer House, and stop in at a German-style pub. We spend the night in en-suite rooms at a lodge on a small game farm outside of the city.

  • Included Activities: Windhoek walking tour with your guide
  • Optional Activities: Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Ghanzi - Botswana

Departing from Windhoek we travel east through Namibia, crossing into the Kalahari Desert region of Botswana. From the border we drive through the rural countryside of Botswana, dotted with 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 the original inhabitants of Southern Africa having lived in the area for over 30 000 years, surviving the harsh conditions as hunter-gatherers.

Tonight our camp offers hot showers in the shared ablutions and a bar, just north of Ghanzi.

  • Included Activities: San (bushman) dancing in the evening
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Ghanzi to Maun - Botswana

This morning we head out on a nature walk with the Kalahari San of the Ghanzi area. The guided walk with the local San is a rare and unusual cultural encounter, revealing the fascinating survival techniques and ancient stories of Southern Africa's oldest tribe.

After exploring the Kalahari on foot we drive north-east to Maun, the gateway to the pristine Okavango Delta of Botswana. The Okavango River has no outlet to the sea, emptying into the sands of the Kalahari Desert and irrigating some 15,000 km² of land, forming the largest inland delta in the world. Arriving in Maun, clients taking the Upgraded Two-night Delta Trip are transferred into the Okavango Delta. The upgrade entails driving to a remote camp which serves as the base for exploring the Okavango Delta (inquire for more details) on walks and boat trips.

Those not taking the Upgraded Two-night Delta Trip have the option of enjoying a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta this afternoon (time and weather permitting) at extra cost. The scenic flights are perfect for getting a sense of the size and wildness of the Delta, offering expansive aerial views of this unique natural wonder. Clients opting out of the upgrade spend the next two nights in Maun, embarking on a mokoro day trip in the Okavango Delta the next day.

  • Included Activity: Bushman (San) guided walk
  • Optional Upgrade: Okavango Delta Trip
  • Optional Activity: Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 16: Okavango Delta - Botswana

On day 16, we are up early for our full day of exploring the Okavango Delta in dug-out canoes (mekoros). We set off for the delta early this morning in our safari vehicle, heading to a polers' station about an hour from the lodge. At the polers' station, we meet our local guides and board the traditional-style mekoros. Gliding along the reed-lined channels and tranquil lagoons dotted with lilypads is the ideal way to experience the tranquil Okavango Delta environment.

Sit back and soak up the wild scenery from your mekoros poled through the waters by local guides. Get a close-up look at the unique flora and fauna of the Okavango Delta as we move along slowly and quietly. Stopping at one of the delta islands, you can take a nature walk with your local guide. The bush walk gives you a chance to learn about the fascinating plants and creatures encountered, looking out for signs of wildlife. The mokoro excursion is not primarily aimed at viewing big game; it is more about experiencing the beauty of the wild delta. However, we may come across some wildlife including elephants, giraffes, zebras and antelopes like kudu and impala.

After the nature walk, your guide poles you back to the polers' station for the return road transfer to the camp in Maun.

  • Included Activity: Okavango Delta Mokoro Day Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Maun to Nata - Botswana

This morning those who opted for the Two-night Delta Excursion Upgrade wake up in the Delta again and enjoy breakfast before driving back to Maun. Then we all board our safari truck, leaving Maun for Nata, on the fringes of the famous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana. On our way east we see big old baobab trees and snippets of the massive salt pan system, passing through parts of Nxai Pans and Makgadigadi National Park where we may come across roaming wildlife.

This afternoon the Activity Package includes a game drive in Nata Sanctuary to experience the vast spaciousness and silence out on this flat expanse. The Nata Pans are part of the extensive network of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, once covered by massive inland lakes. This salt pan complex is one of the largest in the world and in winter the pans are dry and stark, whilst in summer short grasses and shallow pools attract an array of animals and birds. Nata is a breeding ground for waterbirds including pelicans and flamingoes so we may see flocks of these in season.

  • Activity Package: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Nata Sanctuary) Drive
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18: Chobe National Park - Botswana

Today we continue north through rural Botswana on our way to Kasane, in the far northeastern corner of Botswana. Reaching Kasane we head to our safari camp, located along the Chobe River a few kilometres from Chobe National Park. Our camp with shared ablutions is set up at the lodge, overlooking the river and surrounding bush, and features a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

Chobe Park is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps. We have lunch at the safari truck and set off into Chobe National Park on a 4x4 game drive, going in search of the elephants and other wildlife drawn to the river.

Later this afternoon we set off on a Chobe River sunset cruise in the Chobe National Park, renowned for its huge population of migratory elephants and large buffalo herds. From the water, we get up close to plenty of wild animals such as hippos, buffalos, antelopes and elephants making for excellent photographic opportunities. The sunset boat cruise also offers outstanding bird watching!

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

Day 19: Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

This morning we cross into Zimbabwe and travel to Victoria Falls town. Today you have the chance to visit the much-anticipated Victoria Falls!

Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vic Falls is considered the largest sheet of falling water 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', which you will be able to fully appreciate when you witness the impressive spray rising up from the waterfall as it roars into the gorge below.

In the afternoon you can embark on an optional adventure activity or relax at the hotel and explore the historic town of Victoria Falls. Tonight we eat out (optional extra) in Victoria Falls town and your guide tells you more about the activities available here, helping you to choose and book activities for tomorrow. 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.

  • Optional Activities: Victoria Falls National Park entrance fees, Adventure activities & Dinner out in Victoria Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 20: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

Most people spend the day participating in a few of the thrilling adventure activities available at Victoria Falls. There are also tamer things to do at Vic Falls, including exploring the historic town, watching the activity from a coffee shop, taking a tram ride or visiting a local village.

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 in Batoka Gorge, trips to Livingstone Island and bungee jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge.

  • 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 magnificent Victoria Falls early in the morning, we drive south through Botswana 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

In the morning, we set off early along the Great North Road to our next stop - the dynamic city of Johannesburg.

We travel south 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 industrialised Highveld and Gauteng Province, the economic powerhouse of southern Africa. Along the way, we pass through Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital city, known as Jacaranda city because of the lovely Jacaranda trees growing here. Our Southern Africa Overland Safari arrives in bustling Johannesburg, the City of Gold, in the late afternoon.

Tonight you are invited to join a traditional South African style barbecue, called a braai, at the lodge. This optional braai can be booked through your guide on the previous day.

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

Day 23: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park – South Africa

This Overland Camping Safari adventure leaves Johannesburg early in the morning, heading east to Kruger National Park via the rural Mpumalanga Province of South Africa.

Our next destination is the world-renowned Kruger National Park, one of Africa's top game parks. We stay at a safari camp located in a private wildlife concession area within Kruger National Park. After settling in at camp you can join a sunset game drive in the concession area, looking out for the Big Five and other wildlife. The sunset game drive is an optional extra activity that must be booked in advance through your guide this morning when we leave Johannesburg.

This evening we enjoy dinner around the glowing campfire under a blanket of stars.

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

Day 24: Kruger National Park - South Africa

Today we explore Kruger National Park, which covers almost two million hectares of South African Lowveld. Our full day of game viewing takes us in search of the abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five of Africa (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo), found in this vast wilderness area. Kruger protects an unrivalled diversity of plant and animal species, including around 336 tree species, 49 fish species, 34 amphibian species, 114 species of reptiles, 507 bird and 147 mammal species.

The Activity Package includes a whole day of 4x4 game drives in open safari vehicles - a great way to take in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. The open 4x4 vehicles are designed to offer excellent visibility and better photographic opportunities than enclosed tour vehicles. For those that opted not to take the Activity Package a full-day game drive in the safari truck is included in the tour price. Our elevated safari truck offers clear views out over the game park, improving your chances of sighting game and big cats that would otherwise be hidden in the bush.

In the late afternoon, you have a second opportunity to join a sunset game drive in the private wildlife concession area. This exciting game drive takes you into the bush for a scenic sunset and wildlife spotting after dark, when nocturnal predators prowl. Our rewarding game drives in this massive wildlife area is followed by a relaxing night at the safari camp inside Kruger.

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

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 we have dinner and unwind around the campfire in the private concession area within Kruger Park.

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

Day 26: Kruger to Maputo - Mozambique

This morning we leave the African bush behind and make our way to the East Coast of Africa where the warm Indian Ocean waters await. Crossing into Mozambique we drive to the capital city, Maputo, passing through beautiful rural landscapes.

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 its streets.

This evening we eat out at one of the city's excellent restaurants and sample the vibrant nightlife.

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

Day 27: Barra Beach, Inhambane – Mozambique

On day 27 we're up early and back on the road, heading northeast into the Inhambane District. Our long drive takes us through coconut, cashew and sugar plantations and the rural countryside of Mozambique dotted with small villages.

Today's destination is a beach lodge near the charming town of Inhambane. Settle in and take a stroll on the palm-fringed beach or enjoy your first dip in the Indian Ocean. This evening we are treated to a traditional Mozambiquan dinner at the lodge. We spend the next three nights at the lodge on Barra beach, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the idyllic beaches of Barra peninsula and nearby Praia do Tofo.

  • Included Activity: Traditional Mozambiquan dinner
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 28 & 29: Barra Beach, Inhambane & Tofo – Mozambique

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 29 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!

  • Optional Activity: Snorkelling, Tofo Ocean Safari (snorkel with whale sharks), Scuba Diving, Surfing, Quad Biking etc
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (x2)

Day 30: Vilanculos – Mozambique

This morning we stop off in Inhambane town to visit a market and see some of the old colonial 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 31: 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 due to 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.

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

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

Day 32: Xai Xai – Mozambique

Time to turn south, driving back along the pretty coast of Mozambique. Take in the rural scenery of mango trees dripping with fruit, cashew nut and fruit sellers along the roadside, small villages and roaming livestock.

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 33: Hlane Royal National Park – Swaziland

Departing early this morning we drive back to Maputo and on to the border with Swaziland. Crossing into the Kingdom of eSwatini, as Swaziland is officially called, we make our way to Hlane Royal National Park. Hlane is the largest protected area in the landlocked country of Swaziland, one of Africa's smallest countries.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 34: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Area – Swaziland

Embark on a game drive in Hlane Royal National Park this morning as part of the Activity Package. Situated in the northeast of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Hlane Royal Park hosts a rich variety of large mammals and birds. Hlane reserve is home to lion, elephant and endangered white rhino, as well as seasonal herds of 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 birds, including various vultures and eagles.

After our morning of wildlife viewing, we proceed to our next destination in Swaziland, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Mlilwane is the oldest game park in Swaziland, covering 46km² of scenic wilderness.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity Package: Rhino Game Drive in Hlane Game Reserve

Day 35: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Swaziland

Day 35 kicks off with a nature walk in the scenic Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The reserve features a network of nine interconnected walking trails and this morning your safari guide takes you to explore. As you walk through the bush your guide tells you more about the local environment and history, pointing out interesting sights along the way.

After lunch at camp, we visit the Esijeni community on a guided tour of the village. A local guide conducts the two-hour guided walk through the village introducing you to Swazi culture. This interactive tour offers a chance to participate in some of the day-to-day activities of life in the village, from grinding maize to carrying water.

  • Included Activities: Nature Walk with your guide & Esijeni Cultural Tour
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 36: Johannesburg – South Africa

On our final day, we travel back into South Africa and head to Johannesburg where our Cape to Joburg 6 Country Epic Overland Camping Safari adventure finishes.

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
  • Optional Activities: Dinner at the 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 Gariep River Canoe Trip 
  • Morning Bush Walk in Kruger
  • Sunset Game Drive in Kruger 
  • Dinner Out at Lodge in Johannesburg 

Namibia Activities

  • Dinner Out in Swakopmund 
  • Dolphin Cruise 
  • Sky Diving 
  • Sandboarding 
  • Quad Biking
  • Dinner Out in Windhoek 

Botswana Activities

  • Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Tips for Polers - Clients Discretion
  • Upgraded Two-night Delta Trip

Zimbabwe Activities

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

Mozambique Activities​

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

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

Namibia Activities

  • Dinner Out in Swakopmund 
  • Dolphin Cruise 
  • Sky Diving 
  • Sandboarding 
  • Quad Biking
  • Dinner Out in Windhoek 

Botswana Activities

  • Scenic Okavango Delta Flight
  • Tips for Polers - Clients Discretion
  • Upgraded Two-night Delta Trip

Zimbabwe Activities

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

Mozambique Activities​

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